Sex and the City the teenage years?
It was back in 2008 that we first heard the Sex and the City storyline was going to turn the clock back and look at the character of Carrie Bradshaw in her teenage years, but despite that the sequel was released and concentrated on the characters we'd always seen in the television series.
Now, as The Carrie Diaries (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) is due to be released next week in book form, and this could well be the start of the speculation of another Sex and the City film, for teenagers.
Could the third film actually stop the run of the ladies and turn to the teenage characters, or at least the teenage Carrie?
It's not entirely clear as yet if this will happen, so far we're only on the book stage, but there's a strong possibility. What it does hinge on is if there's still an appetite for these characters, if the stars want to return to a third film in the current timeline, and if The Carrie Diaries from Candace Bushnell becomes a success.
Associated Press through Yahoo News tells us of the upcoming release date, and something of the plot, a plot where we would see Carrie as a small-town girl dreaming of being a writer, has a bizarre choice in fashion and has a crush on a boy called Sebastian Kydd who was forever playing with her emotions.
Well, doesn't that just sound like the exact same character from the original story pulled back into a younger model to attract a new crowd with more or less the same story?
The answer your looking for is yes. Bushnell even agrees:
”Sebastian Kydd...I guess he's the kid version of Mr. Big...”
She reveals a little about the taste of the story, and that she won't remain a small-town girl for long:
”It really is about a 17-year-old ... and I certainly remember when I was 17. I didn't have all the answers...I certainly didn't know everything about sex...
...When I first moved to New York, it was eye-opening. ... She'll be in situations with adults and, you know, like a lot of young people you're terrified, you're fascinated and kind of horrified.”
Okay so you can guess where this is going. She's going to move to New York and be allowed to relive the stories we've already seen, just younger. At the same time we'll no doubt start bumping into the younger versions of her friends and the adventures will start all over again.
I just can't help thinking that there's some seriously missed opportunities. Why not have her trying to do something totally different, or not knowing what to do, just like most teenagers, and falling into what she becomes? Why not give her something new to tackle in her younger years, rather than a teenage Mr Big?
It all sounds like a way to start another trilogy. If there is a third film in the current timeline we'll see the characters tied up neatly to end their run I'm sure, and then, if there's appetite, the studio will build the three film prequel from the novels, and spread the friend relationships across all three films. Who's betting?