'Sex and the City 2' may have taken a potentially successful movie franchise and strangled the life right out of it, but that doesn't mean we've seen the last of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha. Last June we learned that Candace Bushnell's bestselling prequel, 'The Carrie Diaries,' was heading to the big screen; casting rumors are now bubbling forth.
With director Michael Patrick King still grabbing at the reigns of the Bradshaw dynasty, MSN Grazia reports that he's interested in adapting the tome and wants Blake Lively to play the young, high-school-aged Carrie, though her rep was quick to deny the reports.
An insider tells the site, "There are no plans to bring Sarah Jessica Parker and the others girls back together in the old format. The prequel is about breathing new life into the story and exploring Carrie's first few months in NYC and the beginning of her relationship with an older man."
It's a fairly sensible move. One of the main problems with the two films was that the women had moved on from the single dating life into marriage and motherhood and overt opulence. They were no longer women entrenched in the city. They no longer saved for their Manolos, they just bought bigger, more opulent places to store them in.
'The Carrie Diaries' allows the franchise to get back to the basics of sex in the city. It's just too bad it has to be a question of age. The television series was dedicated to challenging ageist expectations and redefining how older women can live their lives. But ultimately, they had to get married off, have kids and pass the reigns to their younger selves.
With Blake Lively possibly leading the pack, there's little chance this won't be a successful flick. It just depends on where Lively wants to go from here. Will she still want to live the fancy Big Apple life, or has 'The Town' given her a taste of a new career path?