NEW YORK — On a gorgeous fall night, stars from this summer’s smash hit, “Sex and the City: The Movie,” walked a hot-pink carpet to celebrate Tuesday’s release of the DVD.
The carpet was laid out in front of the New York Public Library, otherwise known as the scene of the crime: where Big left Carrie at the altar. While there was no Big in sight, Carrie, Samantha and Miranda were all on hand — Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon — along with Willie Garson, Mario Cantone and writer/director Michael Patrick King.
Of the DVD — which features an “extended cut” of the film — Parker said, “There’s pieces that didn’t make it into the movie. … There’s great conversations with all sorts of wonderful designers. And Michael Patrick just talks a lot about his storytelling.”
Cattrall added: “I think the movie, when it was first cut, was just over three hours, and we released it at two hours, 20 minutes, so there were a lot of really great scenes that didn’t get into the movie. So they have another life. They’re not just on the cutting-room floor. People can experience more.”
“I pulled a couple of gems out, so I put them back in,” King said. “Two and a half hours is a long time, but I really gotta watch those bathroom breaks. I can’t really torture people.”
“There’s a great sequence in the movie where Carrie tries on some of her old clothes from the ’80s. But what we filmed was the other girls in some really bad clothes from the ’80s. So you get to see the girls in some ways you’ve never seen them.”
And with rumors of a sequel being fast-tracked, we had to ask what they’d like to see more of. This was easy, according to Cattrall: “Lots more men,” she laughed. “I think that Samantha dating, it really allows the writers, me and the director to have a lot of fun. I mean, it was so interesting to see her try to be monogamous and … now she’s free.”
“It’s very easy to make a sequel,” Parker pointed out. “Everybody’s ready, and obviously the studio is excited about it, which is very flattering to us, but you can’t just do it for that reason. You have to tell a good story. It really begs the question: ‘What is the story, and how do we do it well, and how do we serve the audience?’ Because without that … you feel low.”
“I’ve gotta go home and start writing,” King joked, going on to discuss how someone makes an interesting sequel when the first one ended with most characters finding happiness and stability — two things that don’t exactly spell cliffhanger. “The first pass would be to create a story that the audience is waiting for. I still have to figure out what that is. But even in marriage and relationships, there’s drama and there’s embarrassment and drama and humanity. And everyone who’s in a relationship knows every day isn’t a movie-perfect day.
“With these actresses, I can probably come up with something they can play,” he added sarcastically.
The party was on the heels of the announcement that original “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell would be penning two books based on Carrie Bradshaw set during her high school years.
While Bushnell remained tight-lipped about her ideas for a teenage Carrie — “Talk to me in a year!,” she sighed — Parker gushed about the books. “I heard about this and I thought, ‘It’s so smart of her!’ ” the actress said. “And honestly, there was a big part of myself and Michael Patrick that really didn’t think about her past. We didn’t talk about her family, parents, siblings, so I don’t know anything about her in a way. I have ideas about her adolescence, but Candace is a really, really good storyteller, and I’m just really excited to see: Who was Carrie? And she’ll do it well.”
The idea of following around a young fashion-icon-in-training seems to draw obvious comparisons to “Gossip Girl,” but Parker thinks Carrie wouldn’t bear much resemblance to Serena van der Woodsen. “The thing I think that will distinguish this, not in a better or worse way, if Candace is writing about Carrie, it’s going to be a period piece. It’ll be in the ’70s and ’80s, and I think culturally we were very different [back then].”
Probably no OMFGs, one can assume.
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