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Director and writer Michael Patrick King has told Entertainment Weekly that he largely agrees with Sara Jessica Parker that there might be “one last Sex and the City chapter to tell”, as the actor told Instyle magazine in January.
“Sarah Jessica and I both know what that final chapter is,” King said. “That doesn’t mean it will or should be told, but I do think there’s one story left. Whether it ever happens is a whole other situation. But there’s four girls, and those girls are still in my mind. There are other stories to tell and characters that haven’t even been written yet.”
He added: “It’s all really about the stories, and if you actually think you have something left to say that would make it exciting and worthwhile for the fans’ time – that’s really the question. Not whether you can get away with it, not whether anybody will buy it, not whether you can make money on it. It’s really like, is there enough or more to say that would justify people risking seeing their favourite characters again?”
Sex and the City enjoyed a critically acclaimed six-year run on TV from 1998 to 2004. But its two big-screen outings in 2008 and 2010, both directed by King, were less well-received. The second installment in particular was damned by especially negative reviews, including a one-star pan in the Guardian.
Until recently, Parker’s co-stars appeared to be split on whether a third installment would be a good idea, with Kristin Davis (Charlotte) and Kim Cattrall (Samantha) open to the possibility and Cynthia Nixon less keen to resurrect the role of Miranda. But earlier this week Nixon told reporters: “If Michael Patrick King is writing the sequel, and Sarah Jessica Parker is starring in it, sure!” (Source)
Kristin Davis has suggested that a third Sex and the City movie could be produced. The HBO television series spawned an initial feature film in 2008, followed by Sex and the City 2 in 2010.
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon told Digital Spy earlier this year that another film is entirely down to writer-director Michael Patrick King, but Davis has appeared more optimistic in a new interview.
“I don’t think [a third film] is a pipe dream, there is discussion,” Davis told Haute Living. “People talk about it amongst the people who are the players, but I don’t know if it will come together. It would be very exciting if it did.”
She added: “I’m going to have a little talk with Cynthia the next time I see her!”
Cynthia Nixon, who starred as uptight lawyer Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City, a series about four single women living in New York City, has said that she is not interested to be part of the third movie adaptation of the series.
The 46-year-old actress has previously starred in two big screen adaptations in 2008 and 2010 – alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis.
“I think we had a wonderful ride. I think it’s fine to let it go,” News.com.au quoted her as telling The Hollywood Reporter.
Kristin Davis is happy as a first time mom to her adopted daughter Gemma Rose, but she’s not quite ready to expand her family further.
“I had never thought about it because I was so kind of worried about the first,” Kristin told Anderson Cooper during an interview for Thursday’s “Anderson” when he asked if she wanted to adopt again. “Once she came I was like, ‘Hey I can do this, this is OK.’ So I mull it over, but because I’m a single mom, I want to focus on her and make sure I’m doing a good job first.”
Kristin’s Sex and The City character, Charlotte, adopted her first daughter too – and named her Rose, but the actress said the name was just a coincidence.
“I had totally forgotten that on ‘Sex and the City’ I also had a child named Rose and since I did this whole thing in secret I didn’t talk to anybody about the naming or the adopting at all and I didn’t realize the connection. Then we announced and everybody was like, ‘Oh, she named her after her ‘Sex and The City’ baby,’” Kristin said. “I didn’t even consciously [realize it], not at all, not at all. I almost named her Rose as a first name because I kept thinking it’s such a beautiful name. Isn’t it weird? I think it was lodged unconsciously.”
While there appear to be no immediate plans for Sex and The City 3, Kristin said she keeps in touch with her old co-stars – Kim Cattrall, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon.
“We are pretty much family at this point. We have worked together for something really crazy, like 15 years,” she said.
“I was here in December, I saw Kim on Broadway. I took my baby and I saw Sarah’s babies. I took my baby and saw Cynthia’s babies. Cynthia’s on Broadway now and I’m going to see her next week. The writers — we all are friends,” Kristin added.
Kristin said when she does see her pals, they don’t share cosmo cocktails.
“I don’t drink, it’s true,” she told Anderson. “We go out sometimes, but it’s kind of challenging to go out. People have kind of a panic reaction, it’s just really odd. They’re like, ‘Oh My God.’”
And Kristin also confessed she and SJP once attempted to go out, only to realize their activity of choice could have created “SATC” fan pandemonium.
“One time, Sarah and I went shoe shopping and we were like, ‘What we’re we thinking? This is not going to work out.’ So we had to leave,” she said. “We tend to kind of gather at our homes, it’s a little easier.”
A prequel TV series for Sex and the City, which follows Carrie Bradshaw’s teenage years and her early days as a writer, has been given the go ahead in US. It is based on ‘Sex and the City’ author Candace Bushnell’s novel The Carrie Diaries, set in New York.
TV network, CW, has confirmed it will pilot the new programme and the show will focus on Sarah Jessica Parker’s character and her life before she met her friends. The character’s high school life in Manhattan will see her asking questions about love, sex, friendship and family, the BBC reported.
Casting for the series has yet to be confirmed. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Blake Lively, from ‘Gossip Girl’, and Miley Cyrus are in the running to play a young Carrie Bradshaw.
The CW prequel is being written by Amy Harris, who worked on HBO’s original.
The film Sex and the City, starring all the original characters, won many awards in 2008. The 2010 sequel, which was panned by critics, went on to make 288 million dollars at the global box office. (Source)
The rumored Sex and the City prequel is a go at the CW. After hearing the pitch Friday, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the young-skewing network is moving forward with the project based on The Carrie Diaries, the book series written by Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell that follows Carrie Bradshaw during her senior year of high school in the early 1980s.
The project hails from Warner Bros. Television and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire, with former Sex and the City scribe/co-producer Amy B. Harris attached to adapt and serve as showrunner. Fake Empire’s Len Goldstein also is attached as an executive producer.
The first book in Bushnell’s origin story was published last year and, like Sex and the City, is told from Carrie’s point of view. It follows the aspiring writer through her relationship with Sebastian Kydd and rivalry with popular girl Donna LaDonna.
The second novel in the series, Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Book, was published in April and revolves around Carrie’s first trip to New York. Both books have been big sellers, with Bushnell signing on this summer to pen two additional young adult novels.
Bushnell would likely carry an executive producer credit on the project.
HBO owns the rights to the series, with corporate cousin the CW hearing the pitch Friday and commiting to the project immediately afterward. If it goes to series, the project would fit into a CW lineup that already includes such young- and female-skewing fare as The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl and 90210.
Michael Patrick King, who produced the long-running HBO comedy, told reporters last month that he was “not working on any Sex and the City prequel” and that he wasn’t interested in seeing the franchise move in that direction.
“My Carrie Bradshaw started at 33, and I took her to 43. I didn’t even want to know who Carrie Bradshaw’s parents were because I thought she only existed in Manhattan,” he said at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills. So for me, the idea of going backwards and making her less evolved … is something that I don’t imagine doing,” he added.
Fans of the popular franchise Sex and the City could get a taste of a 20-something-year-old Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda in the film’s rumored prequel, based on the beloved friends’ early years in New York City.
According to Daily Mail, the top choices for the cast are as follows: Blake Lively as Samantha Jones, Selena Gomez for the part of Charlotte York, Emma Roberts as Miranda Hobbs and newcomer Elizabeth Olsen to portray Carrie Bradshaw. Olsen, 22, is the younger sister of billionaire twins Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen.
Although it sounds like a perfect match, reps for all four actresses tell “Extra” it’s not true.
The prequel would be based on creator Candice Bushnell’s two novels, The Carrie Diaries, and Summer and the City. Although Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis have both publicly stated they were not keen on a “SATC” prequel, Bushnell insists the prequel lays the foundation for what each character will become. In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Bushnell said, “Every character has a back-story — what the reader sees, in a sense, is the tip of the iceberg.
“The characters don’t exist in a vacuum — when we first meet them… in their thirties and single in New York — they are, in a sense, in the middle of their stories, which is what makes the Carrie Diaries series so satisfying.”
Parker felt the film shouldn’t be based on the same characters, telling the L.A. Times, “I don’t think we can pretend to go back. It’s creating two histories. It’s like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know that about Carrie Bradshaw.'”
Selena Gomez has said that she was flattered by the suggestion she would be the perfect person to play a young Charlotte York in Sex and the City. Writer Candace Bushnell made the comment in a recent interview, saying that Gomez would be her pick for a young version of the role made famous on screen by Kristin Davis.
Gomez told Digital Spy: “That was a compliment and I was very surprised when I heard that – it was very sweet, but there is nothing official and I’ve never even been approached or anything.”
As for whether she is a fan of the HBO series and spinoff movies, the 18-year-old said: “My mom is more of a fan because I wasn’t really allowed to watch it when I was younger but I definitely love the series.”
Sex and the City wrapped after six seasons on HBO in 2004. It has since spawned two big screen movies, Sex and the City and Sex and the City 2.
Plans for the continuance of the franchise, which starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis have yet to be confirmed, although Bushnell told the Daily Caller that she expects there to be a future for the characters: “Definitely something on the screen. Big or small screen.” (Source)
Kim Cattrall recently opened up about why she was initially reluctant to sign on to the first Sex and the City movie after the series ended, and also if she thinks Samantha Jones will be returning for a third installment.
“I don’t know if it will happen. I really, really have no idea. I love playing Samantha Jones. I would love playing Samantha Jones again, but I don’t know if I will. Originally I was asked to do the movie with no script, no start date, and a very paltry sum. I thought the three of us should fight for a piece of what we created and that was my reluctance. The four of us were not set for life. We were on cable TV and we were not making nearly what our counterparts in television were making. I thought we were working damn hard and it was the time to negotiate that.”
Cynthia Nixon isn’t as confident as others might be about more Sex and the City films. But then again, she admits she never is.
“Who knows, who knows?,” the actress tells Zap2it about again reprising her Emmy-winning portrayal of Miranda Hobbes, following Sarah Jessica Parker’s recent hint of another possible chapter. “I go about my life, and if there’s going to be another story that Michael Patrick King writes and directs, that’ll be great. And if not, we’ve had a wonderful run.”
Indeed, having chalked up six HBO seasons and two movie spinoffs, Nixon reflects her run with the franchise has been “amazing. It’s nice that the thing you’re most famous for is something you’re so proud of. Some people can get recognized for something they might feel lukewarm about, though it’s popular. I’m proud that ‘Sex and the City’ was both wildly popular and wildly good.”
Since Sarah Jessica Parker’s pop-culture legacy is so tied to her portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City and its two movies, MTV New scaught up with Parker at the Cannes Film Festival and asked her to comment on the rumors about a “SATC” prequel, as well as her thoughts on returning to the famed role of Ms. Bradshaw one more time.
“I think it always comes down to story and what is the story people want to tell,” Bradshaw said of the rumored adaptations of “The Carrie Diaries.” “Obviously, I feel proprietary in the best possible way about that entire franchise as it were, but I think there are lots of talented storytellers and obviously lots of talented actors who might be a part of it. I think, like anything, you base your opinion on material and content, and I think that would be the only way for any of us to have an opinion.”
Regarding a future “SATC” installment, be it on the big screen or small, Parker revealed that there might be another tale to tell.
“I think there is perhaps one more small, important story to tell,” she said. “Whether or not we choose to do that and when we choose to do that remains, obviously, the unknown, but it’s nice to ponder.”
One more story, huh? We mentioned that it sounded like Parker has that specific story in her head.
“I don’t, but somebody else does,” she said with a knowing smile.
Kristin Davis was touched to receive a handwritten card from Dame Elizabeth Taylor. The legendary actress – who died last month at the age of 79 – wrote to all the main cast members of Sex and the City after the TV series named a dog after her in the sixth and final season in 2004.
Kristin – whose character Charlotte York Goldenblatt was the owner of the pooch – told TV show ‘Live! with Regis and Kelly':
“The wonderful thing about our show. was we had such wonderful support from the entertainment industry and our writer Michael Patrick King. had gone to Elizabeth Taylor and asked her about the whole storyline, because remember it was the dog and Charlotte had a miscarriage and she’s watching the life story of Elizabeth and that kind of gives her the gumption to get back up and face life and go on with her life.
“Elizabeth had been so sweet and she said, ‘Of course,’ and she sent us all gifts, and she sent us a handwritten card. And I just remember holding that card and thinking, ‘Elizabeth Taylor wrote this to me!’ It was just so generous and warm and wonderful and how you dream that all of those people are gonna be.”
Kristin says Elizabeth’s kindness surpassed all their expectations. She said: “When things like that happen – people that you’ve grown up watching – and they’re so generous and kind of better than you would expect them to be, it’s a wonderful thing.”