HBO To Give SEX AND THE CITY The star trek treatment? Carrie Bradshaw And co. now to be played by piping hot twentysomethings?

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    Aug 06, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    EXCLUSIVE: When the Daily Mail reported last week that a "Sex and the City" prequel was brewing, it both piqued interest and raised eyebrows. The young and separate lives of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte could not only be explored, the paper said, but they could be explored with a bevy of young comers, including Blake Lively, Selena Gomez and Emma Roberts, who would all star in a new movie.

    According to a person familiar with plans for the property, the tabloid was half right: Something is being considered. It’s just not a movie -- it's a television show.

    HBO, which developed, financed and aired the hit series in the late '90's and early '00s, is the entity contemplating a new go-round, the source said--not New Line, the Warner Bros. studio division that produced and released the two theatrical films.

    But the series wouldn't necessarily wind up being aired on HBO; it could instead end up on another network. (The company has historically produced select series and sold them elsewhere.)

    The new series would be based on two recent Candace Bushnell books, "The Carrie Diaries" and "Summer in the City." It wouldn't be a prequel per se, but rather a story of Carrie Bradshaw in high school, said a source familiar with the discussions. Neither a New Line nor an HBO spokesperson could be reached for comment.

    HBO is planning to explore the lives of young women in other ways. On the network's upcoming schedule is "Girls," a half-hour drama with comedic elements about twentysomething women in New York (that series comes from director-producer Judd Apatow and "Tiny Funiture" filmmaker Lena Dunham).

    Any new "SATC"-related property would come up against skepticism from some of those involved with the original. Earlier this week, Bridget Moynahan, who had a recurring role as Mr. Big's wife Natasha on the HBO series, told Show Tracker she’s confounded by the prequel talk.

    “I think they should leave 'Sex and the City' alone," she said in an interview. "If you want to do something with Blake Lively and Emma Roberts and all these wonderful young actresses, then just come up with your own material and leave 'Sex and the City' as it is."


    The comments follow Michael Patrick King's remarks at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. King, the executive producer of the series, said he's not involved with any prequel and had tough words for a new iteration. "The idea of going backwards and making [Carrie] less evolved ... is something that I don’t even imagine doing," he said.

    Earlier in the year, Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t spark to the prospect of a new "SATC" effort, telling our sister blog 24 Frames that she didn't think the idea worked creatively. "I don't think we can pretend to go back," she said. "It's creating two histories. It's like, 'Oh I didn't know that about Carrie Bradshaw."

    Still yet to weigh in on his feelings -- or potential involvement -- is Darren Star, who of course created the original.

    A youthful reboot would fit with a Hollywood vogue: Sony, in fact, is doing just that with "The Amazing Spider-Man" next summer.


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  • dannyboy1101

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    Aug 06, 2011 3:02 PM GMT
    I predicted this for any additional movies. I think high school is a terrible idea. The idea of stories of them in their twenties is conceptually interesting, but if done officially, I think it would take away from the series. I always liked that they started it in their mid30's and left a lot before hand to mystery. I hope they don't do it. Especially if being sold to another network (we all know that means wb) it would be dull and overly censored.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 06, 2011 3:13 PM GMT
    I think it's a really clever idea IF it's executed creatively and intelligently like the original series was. Of course, casting the parts will be key.
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    Aug 06, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    Going that far back would ruin the essence of the show. These were liberated women that enjoyed life and in Samantha's case, men...icon_wink.gif

    Leave it alone. Develop a new show with different characters and a new title.
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    Aug 06, 2011 4:08 PM GMT
    Paxton saidGoing that far back would ruin the essence of the show. These were liberated women that enjoyed life and in Samantha's case, men...icon_wink.gif

    Leave it alone. Develop a new show with different characters and a new title.


    This.

    Maybe have cameos by the original SATC characters on occasion, but why not make a new SATC with younger women up and coming in their mid 20s?
  • DCEric

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    Aug 06, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    If I ever see Star Trek compared to Sex in the City again, I may turn violent.

    /Scotty, beam me up.
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    Aug 06, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    HBO meet Glee! Glee meet HBO!
  • zenmonkie

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    Aug 06, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    What a horrible idea. PASS.
  • RSportsguy

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    Aug 06, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    DCEric saidIf I ever see Star Trek compared to Sex in the City again, I may turn violent.

    /Scotty, beam me up.


    LOL!!! icon_biggrin.gif