Will there be another Sex and the City movie? Should there be? Do we want one? Would the cast do it? Is there more story to tell? These are the questions Sex and the City writer/director/executive producer Michael Patrick King addressed in a recent interview, and the answers are mostly maybes, with one yes. There is one more chapter in the story, but whether or not it will or needs to be told seems unclear and uncertain.
EW has been doing a series of articles discussing the possibility of certain TV shows returning -- Firefly and Dr. Horrible among the topics of discussions -- and when they spoke to King about the chances of The Comeback making a comeback, they also spoke to him about Sex and the City's future.
From what King told EW, there's a final chapter to the story, and it's one he and Sarah Jessica both know, but he went on to say, "That doesn't mean it will or should be told, but I do think there's one story left." He doesn't go into specifics in terms of the story he has in mind, but he does say that "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."
The series aired on HBO from 1998 to 2004, during which time King wrote, executive produced and directed for the series, so he was a great, albeit obvious choice to direct the 2008 and 2010 films, both of which gave fans updates on the lives of friends Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Catrelll), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon). Sex, romance, relationships and family were among the recurring topics explored in both the series and films, and while both movies offered their own updated versions of "happily ever after," it's the kind of story that never really has to end. But that alone isn't reason enough for another movie.
King brings up a valid point about whether or not the movie should happen, as he talks about figuring out when to let go of a story and when to keep going with it. While a studio might look at it in terms of how successful the movie might be, King weighs the pros and cons in terms of the interest people have in it and whether or not there's more to say that needs to be said:
"What I do know is that there’s interest, but with interest comes non-interest. 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 favorite characters again? And I think there’s one chapter left."
So it sounds like there could be a future for this franchise, and as a fan of the series, it's comforting to know he's not simply looking at dollar signs but also at the pros and cons of revisiting the story for one more chapter. There's a risk to any sequel that it won't make money, but from a storyteller's perspective, the bigger risk would probably be that the story wouldn't work and/or people wouldn't like it. Take the potential third film as an example. As I said, King doesn't go into specifics so there's nothing to go on there, but hypothetically, what if this last "chapter" kills off a major character? What if it sees Carrie and Big split up the way (Sex and the City movie spoiler alert!) Samantha and Smith did in the first film? Samantha and Smith's relationship left off in a good place when the series wrapped up. The first movie undid that and it permanently altered that aspect of the story. But to counter my own argument, what if the third and final chapter was amazing? What if it sealed the story perfectly?
We can also take into account that the second Sex and the City film wasn't that great. Or at the very least, that it didn't feel all that necessary, other than to create new drama in the characters' lives. It had it's moments, some funny, some silly, but over all, it wasn't particularly memorable or compelling in terms of its story by comparison to the first film and the series, and felt more like an excuse to bring the characters back together. That in itself is part of the appeal of these films, but it isn't all of it. So that brings it around to whether or not the third story needs to be told. I suppose that all depends on what King has in mind, and whether or not the studio is up for it and the cast is available and willing. Nothing sounds certain at this point, but the possibility appears to be on the table, so we'll have to keep an ear out for updates.