'Sex and the City' reboot: Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything else you need to know
Is Carrie Bradshaw returning with her iconic best friends to make us swoon over their impeccable wit and gorgeous fashion sense once again? Probably not, but this is something.
In recent years the demand for a third 'Sex and the City' movie has been pretty much high on fans' lists. First, there was no talk of it, and later - once the possibility was on the horizon - the movie franchise's leads Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall had a very publicized falling out. This episode had sent our hopes of seeing the much-awaited film back into cold storage.
But finally, after years and years of fans pining for a third and new installment of the story, we now have some confirmation on that front. No, it's not another 'Sex and the City' film, after the disaster that was their Abu Dhabi based flick, but instead, we are getting a brand new reboot based on the new leading ladies' lives as they approach their 60s and other possible milestones.
The whole buzz about a possible remake of the TV show began when the author of the 'Sex and the City' franchise, Candice Bushnell, revealed that her new novel based on the same is set to come out this August. And right after that Paramount Television and Anonymous Content announced that they have picked up the plot for a reboot. While Bushnell's book is hitting stores expectedly on August 6, there has been no release date confirmed or announced for the rebooted 'Sex and the City' TV series that will be based on it.
The upcoming TV show, which will be both executive-produced and written by Bushnell herself, will follow its predecessors and navigate the chronicles of bold, sometimes messy, but always charming ladies of New York as their lives meander through friendships, dating, marriage and the most important element of all - sex. But there's a big difference between the original franchise, and the upcoming book and TV show. Unlike our favorite Carrie Bradshaw (Parker) and her three best friends playing the leads, this time, the story will focus on a whole set of different women, aged between 50 and 60.
While fans would love and be beyond thrilled to see the original four leads from the franchise make their comeback to reprise their distinctive roles in the reboot, it doesn't look like that is going to happen any time soon. The original TV show, that was later turned into a two-part movie series, ran on HBO from 1998 to 2004, and later came back as two movies, titled 'Sex and the City' (2008) and 'Sex and the City 2' (2010.) It starred Sarah Jessica Parker as the narrator and lead, Carrie Bradshaw, and Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, and Kristin Davis, as Carrie's best friends - Miranda Hobbes, Samantha Jones, and Charlotte Yorke - respectively. From 2013-2014 they also aired a prequel to the franchise, titled 'The Carrie Diaries' that featured Anna Sophia Robb and Austin Butler, and was based on a book by Bushnell.
All of this news about the reboot is still quite new, and unfortunately, there has been no concrete proof in the form of an enticing trailer or a promotional photo to confirm any of this is actually happening. But it is, as Bushnell herself has spoken at length about how thrilled she is for the series' revival, and so has the president of Paramount TV, Nicole Clemens.
"The original Sex and the City book and series served as a groundbreaking touchstone for an entire generation of women, myself included," said Clemens, president of Paramount TV, in an interview with Deadline. "We're thrilled to be able to continue that conversation from the underrepresented point of view of women in their 50s and answer the question with, 'Yes! There is more sex in the city!'"
Bushnell also shared her excitement in the same official statement released five days ago, saying that: "It didn't use to be this way. At one time, 50-something meant the beginning of retirement—working less, spending more time on your hobbies, with your friends, who like you were sliding into a more leisurely lifestyle. In short, retirement age folks weren't meant to do much of anything but get older and a bit heavier. They weren't expected to exercise, start new business ventures, move to a different state, have casual sex with strangers, and start all over again. But this is exactly what the lives of a lot of 50 and 60-something women look like today and I'm thrilled to be reflecting the rich, complexity of their reality on the page and now on the screen."
This bit of refreshing one's memory would have been quite unavoidable, had the upcoming reboot featured the same iconic four leads from the original TV show. The last we knew of them, they were still celebrating each other and their lives in their beloved New York City, while tackling relationship issues, new parenthood, snobbish workplaces, and battles with cancer. But considering the reboot will feature older women in their 50s and 60s, even though there's a chance that Carrie and her friends might drop by to share their usual wit and sarcasm, there's no recap that would give us any hint about what to expect. It's almost like the title suggests, 'Is there still sex in the city?' - or has Bushnell's New York moves on to newer, more enticing thrills?