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SARAH JESSICA PARKER TO MAKE THIRD SEX AND THE CITY MOVIE WHETHER ANYONE LIKES IT OR NOT
February 22 2011
New York, NY – Few avid watchers of film and television would have predicted what happened in 1998. For the better part of two decades Sarah Jessica Parker had struggled through the lowest offerings Hollywood had to offer, bit parts in big movies
and big parts in movies that went nowhere. Despite beginning her career as a child actor nothing seemed to fit for Parker, no role quite went her way, no movie quite did what it was supposed to do for her career.
That all changed on June 6, 1998 with the premiere of ‘Sex and the City’, the fictionalized tale of a real life advice columnist that became an instant hit and made Parker, at the ripe old age of 33, the unlikeliest of star comebacks and sex symbols in Hollywood history. As what will undoubtedly be her greatest success, Parker’s rendition of Carrie Bradshaw has become an icon for a generation and a character to which she is inextricably intertwined. When a movie version of the hit show was released to massive financial success it appeared that the show hadn’t just been a flash in pan, that it could be carried over into a wider world, however by the time the second film came around audience interest had dwindled and along with it the dream of an ongoing franchise. However Parker, perhaps seeing her greatest opportunity starting to slip away, hasn’t given up on the franchise and will make a new movie whether producers or fans are even remotely interested.
“I would go back. I think there's one more story to tell. I know there is. I'd definitely tell that story, and I know Michael Patrick King would do it right. But maybe not now. Maybe in five years, you know?” Parker told the LA Times, a relatively docile statement considering recent talk of a reboot of the franchise which would exclude the original cast.
“It’s been a long time now since the series became a hit and since Parker became a kind of cultural persona but to older viewers like me it’s still a little strange. Frankly I still remember her in that lame movie with Bruce Willis from way back. I don’t think that in that anyone would have thought she would have become a huge star just a few years later, bigger at least for a little while than Willis even. A very strange turn of events,” said Scrape TV Entertainment analyst Tracey Temple. “For her sake it was a great thing. She put her time in and she eventually was repaid for her patience and hard work and so from that perspective it was a good story. However that kind of comeback wasn’t necessarily a stepping stone to other success. Sometimes these things are things unto themselves and while they can certainly increase visibility, they don’t guarantee anything beyond that which is something Parker seems to believe.”
Much like her career before SATC, Parker’s films since, at least ones outside the franchise, have largely failed.
“Parker isn’t exactly young anymore and she was never particularly, well, saying that would probably be mean but she is in that odd spot of having the too much charisma to be a supporting player and not enough to be a leading lady and that is a tough spot to be in, and now she has to live up to the legacy of that one show,” continued Temple. “It makes sense that she would want to make another movie, to continue the franchise because it is after all her greatest success and in many ways her legacy. I really admire that determination, the same thing that brought her through so many years of really bad movies, and I imagine she will make the another movie even if she has to play all the roles herself and force her family to watch it over and over again. I guess that at least is better than going back to her other success in scaring children.”
SATC co-star Kristin Davis has apparently been literally spinning in circles since the failure of the last film.
Samantha Dryden, Entertainment Correspondent