The woman behind Carrie Bradshaw told the L.A. Times, "I'd definitely tell that [third] story, and I know Michael would do it right. But maybe not now. Maybe in five years, you know?" Though Parker doesn't mention it specifically, the piece suggests that a third film would explore Carrie finally taking the plunge into parenthood.
Why wait? Parker says it's "literally no good" for her not to be "terrified and nauseous and worried the first two weeks of production." So she wants to continue working on new projects, like her upcoming 'I Don't Know How She Does It,' before returning to the old Manolos.
This begs the question: What's the point of a number three with more babies, and where is the sex in this city?
Miranda kicked off the baby train, and Charlotte continued it with two more (one adopted). In that time, on TV and the big screen, we've dealt with trying to have a sex life as the baby cries, babies accidentally spotting sex, how parenthood affects friendships, how it interferes with work, how it can frazzle a mom, how sexy nannies can pluck at insecurities, how parenthood can lead to an indifference about sex ... The topic has been covered.
Furthermore, with or without an increasingly baby-centric plot, again, where's the sex in this city? The title would be quite ludicrous if more parental themes enter the picture. Will the crew simply throw Samantha, the lone single lady, into more increasingly overt and flamboyant portrayals of sexuality? Right. Because her story line in the second film wasn't ridiculous enough.
If they want to revisit the topic in five or so years, go for it. But use it as a final installment that returns to the fundamental principles of the show. Samantha remains single and loving it (though in a subdued form and with more of her professional talents intact). Now that Brady is a teen, Miranda and Steve learn how to balance work, parenthood and reinvigorating their nightlife. Charlotte figures out motherhood and decides that it's time to go back to work. Carrie and Big do something, anything, that doesn't involve cheating.
If not, and they want to continue into the stratosphere of ridiculousness, it's probably time to hand over the torch, even though Parker doesn't like the idea. In response to news that Candace Bushnell's early Bradshaw adventures would hit the screen, Parker said, "I was like, Wha-a-a-a-t? There are a lot of important and interesting stories that 21-year-olds can tell. ... But I don't think we can pretend to go back. It's creating two histories." If comic fans have handled it for years, I'm sure the SATC audiences can, especially when their 20-something days were never referenced heavily.
What do you think? Is it time for the women to head forward ... or back?