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Sex and the City Prequel: Less Evolved?

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood August 5, 2011 at 12:58PM

Last week Brit tabloid The Daily Mail reported that we'd soon be seeing a third Sex and the City movie, this one a prequel that would show us the fearsome foursome's background and include new talent such as Blake Lively, Selena Gomez, Emma Roberts and Elizabeth Olsen.
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Last week Brit tabloid The Daily Mail reported that we'd soon be seeing a third Sex and the City movie, this one a prequel that would show us the fearsome foursome's background and include new talent such as Blake Lively, Selena Gomez, Emma Roberts and Elizabeth Olsen.

Turns out it's more complicated. The LAT writes that the tabloid was right about SATC3, they just got the size of the screen wrong. Apparently, the next installment will be a TV show, not a movie.

The prequel would look at Carrie Bradshaw's life in high school, and be based on two of Candace Bushnell's more recent novels, "The Carrie Dairies" and "Summer in the City."

Whether or not the show makes its way to us, it doesn't seem to have the blessing of several members of the original creative team. Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Carrie in the original TV series and the first two movies, isn't fond of the idea of going back. Neither is Michael Patrick King, the series' creator, who calls the prequel a way of making Carrie "less evolved."

This article is related to: IN THE WORKS, TV, Franchises, Sex and the City


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.