*The long-hyped sequel to Spike Lee’s heist drama “Inside Man” appears to be on the outs.

The 2006 film starring Denzel Washington was a hit with both critics and fans, earning $184 million at the box office from a $45 million budget.

But, when the filmmaker was asked by ESPN about working with Denzel again, he said: “We were going to do ‘Inside Man 2’ but it didn’t workout.”

The Lee interview is part of ESPN’s launch of ESPNNewYork.com. The director and perhaps most famous New York Knicks fan produced the film “Kobe Doin’ Work” for ESPN.