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Sarah Jessica Parker: I want a 'Sex and the City 3' (but not as a prequel, and maybe not now)

February 16, 2011 |  6:21 pm

The prospects for another "Sex and the City" movie have been in question ever since the diminished box-office dollars and lukewarm reviews for "Sex and the City 2" began coming in last spring. But Sarah Jessica Parker, who produced as well as starred in the two Michael Patrick King creations, said this week she's not willing to give up on the franchise just yet.

"I would go back," said Parker, speaking to 24 Frames on the New York set of her new movie, the working-woman comedy "I Don't Know How She Does It." "I think there's one more story to tell. I know there is."

The second "SATC" ended with Parker's Carrie Preston and Chris Noth's Mr. Big reconciling their marriage differences after said nuptials faced a threat from Carrie's former beau Aidan. Over six TV seasons and two movies, however, there have been no children (yet) for the former Miss Bradshaw, something that a third film could explore.

But Parker, taking on her biggest film role with "I Don't Know How She Does It" -- in which she stars in pretty much every scene -- said she may not be interesting in reprising her iconic role at this point in her career.

"I'd definitely tell that [third] story, and I know Michael would do it right. But maybe not now. Maybe in five years, you know?" she said.

Parker explained that the impulse to wait came from a desire to feel challenged in her work.

"It's not that I want to get away from [SATC]. In a million years, who could get away from it it?" she said. It's just that "if I'm not scared again that's not good for me. That's literally no good for me. If I'm not terrified and nauseous and worried the first two weeks of production, then what's going to happen? You could wither on the vine. It's like if you can't use your leg. It just atrophies."

Some reports have said that a new movie would, in the manner of so many Hollywood franchises, take the shape of a prequel, with Blake Lively taking on the role of a young Carrie Bradshaw. (Candace Bushnell is set to publish "Summer and the City," about a 19-year-old Carrie's move to New York that said movie would be based on.) Parker said she was pretty taken aback by those reports.

"I was like, Wha-a-a-a-t?' " the actress said. She said she wasn't opposed to the idea of a "Sex and the City"-type story with twentysomethings -- she just didn't feel it should feature specifically SATC characters, especially since both the TV series and the movies explained some of those characters' backstories.

"There are a lot of important and interesting stories that 21-year-olds can tell," Parker said. "I don't begrudge any 21-year-old the opportunity to tell their stories. They prove to us on an everyday basis that they're interesting. Even their narcissism is interesting. Even their inertia is interesting. Even their tonal speech patterns are interesting.

"But I don't think we can pretend to go back," she continued. "It's creating two histories. It's like, 'Oh I didn't know that about Carrie Bradshaw.' "

--Steven Zeitchik, reporting from New York


Photo: Sarah Jessica Parker in "Sex and the City 2." Credit: Craig Blankenhorn / New Line


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I was a big SATC fan, and the second movie was such a disappointment, it was event hurtful to watch. I felt completely betrayed by the characters that I cherished and admired for many years. Please don't do a third movie, the fans of the series deserve more respect.

So, SJP, in denial much? That last movie was bad, Showgirls-without-the-sex bad. Do you honestly expect people to fork over cash to see another tribute to rich white entitlement from a "female" point of view? Wake up, honey. The world has moved on.

These people commenting must not be devoted SATC fans...while I agree the second movie wasnt nearly as good as the first, it was still SATC so I will watch it over and over...I will gladly pay to see another movie as long as it remains the original characters

Are you kidding me? I LOVED both of the movies! I can't wait for a third and for sure not 5 years! We NEED another one soon!!!

I too didn't think the second was as good as the first; however, I am a huge fan and would definitely pay to see a third. And really, the second wasn't terrible, it just wasn't as good. I honestly imagine they would learn from their mistakes in the second movie to improve upon the third. And if not...it's the last one anyway.

The first time I watched sex and the city was the first movie, I thaught that it was excellent so I decided to buy all the seriouses, I was hooked from then on, I love it. The day that the second movie came out here on DVD I baught it, I found it to be great, not as good as 1 but still it was great! PLEASE MAKE A NUMBER 3 SOON, I CANT WAIT FIVE YEARS!!! and i love the idea of a baby......PLEASE HAVE A NUMBER 3, THANK YOU :)))

Kim Cattrell was on the Ellen Degeneres Show on April 8, 2011, based from her interview this facebook page was developed for the fans to help promote the sequel. You can have your voice heard on the link below:
the Official Sex and the City 3 Movie Campaign on Facebook

In an ideal world, there'd be a return of the fantastic tv series... Otherwise please get to work on more movies... NOW!!

If they can make a prequel as good as Candace Bushnell's new book, Summer and the City, I'd definitely want to see it happen. I got a chance to read it already, and the story would make a great movie! Plus, I'm dying to see who could fill the shoes of the actresses now.


I wanted to say that my adult daughters and I love the Sex in the City movies and they are a family tradition for us to go see when they come to the theatre! We look forward to every new one and we always get dressed for the event! It's fun for us and we end up crying tears of laughter and throughly enjoy ourselves, because it is a little naughty at times and that is human nature as Marylin Manroe use to say...........We simply cannot wait for Sex in the City 3!

No -please, no!!! No more SATC movies. I loved the series and still watch the reruns. The first movie was most welcome. I was behind the theater door on openning day and enjoyed being with my old friends again. The bit about Big being fearful of marriage was contrived but I could take it. The second movie - ugh - bad. Dragging in such nonsense as running into Aiden in that god - forsaken place! I might welcome a prequel. It would be interesting to see how the girls got together to begin with. Please use young girls. There isn't enough Botox for the old bunch.

i am such a huge fan of sex and the city. loved the series and the movies, hope for another movie. don't want a movie about the younger days. that is what i love about the show the fact that they are adults to many children shows now!

I love SATC! I have every episode and both movies, and watch them all the time. Especially when I have girls night. I loved both movies. I wish you people would just make number 3 soon. 5 years is wayyyyyyy to long! I like the baby idea for Carrie:) I always thought they would have a baby eventually. And I would like to see more of the story with Samantha and her new man she found in Abu Dabi? As well as I think little Brady needs a little sister too. Just some thoughts for the next movie. Make a loyal fan proud.


The second movie was wicked I LOVED it and if you guys didn't like it whatever, don't stop the rest of us getting a third movie! No-one is going to MAKE you watch it!


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