Rumors of a Sex and the City prequel have been around pretty much ever since the second movie made it clear that there wasn't much life left in seeing the four original actresses go through the motions of the characters they had defined. Literally less than a month after Sex and the City 2 hit theaters, the first rumor popped up that New Line was planning an adaptation of Candance Bushnell's book The Carrie Diaries, which met central character Carrie Bradshaw as a teenager living in the Midwest. And that was even before Bushnell's latest book Summer and the City, about Carrie moving to the city and meeting Samantha and Miranda-- the actual beginnings of the characters as we know them.

Regardless of the success of those books and the persistent movie prequel rumors, though, Sarah Jessica Parker has made it clear she has no interest in seeing younger versions of the characters. Now an even more powerful person behind the series has joined her-- Michael Patrick King, the executive producer of the TV show and director of the two movies, said during the Television Critics Association press tour that "I have no connection to the prequel," and he "can't even imagine" going back that far in the character's history. Here's the full quote, via Deadline:

"I’m not working on any Sex and the City prequel at all. I haven't read Candace’s Bushnell's books. ... My Carrie Bradshaw started at 33 and I took her to 43 -- I don’t even want to know who Carrie Bradshaw’s parents are ... the idea of going backward, making her less evolved, is something that I can’t even imagine doing. I have no connection to the prequel."

Keep in mind this doesn't mean that a prequel can't happen-- HBO, New Line and Bushnell can all team up to develop more stories about these characters without ever giving King or Parker a call. But having King join the chorus of voices who are against this idea has to at least help the cause, and maybe convince one more person to think it over and realize, hey, maybe we don't need to keep milking this franchise dry. I know we can't really trust him that much given what a disaster the second movie was, but I at least am glad to have him on my side.

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