Sarah Jessica Parker Says Sex and the City Looks "Tone-Deaf" Today
Even though dreams of a third Sex and the City film — and subsequent finale to the trials and tribulations of Carrie and Co. — have been dashed, Sarah Jessica Parker is still sounding off. In an interview at the Deauville Film Festival, the actor said that the show wouldn't be the same if it was on TV today because of its almost all-white cast.
When the show debuted in 1998, the HBO series was seen as groundbreaking. It featured a cast of four women, which was revolutionary. The Hollywood Reporter adds Parker sees that diversity is something so essential in today's climate that having Sex and the City continue as-is would seem "bizarre."
"You couldn't make Sex and the City today because of the lack of diversity on screen," she said of a possible reboot. "I personally think it would feel bizarre. If you came back and did six episodes, you'd have to acknowledge the city is not hospitable to those same ideas. You'd look like you were generationally removed from reality."
And while rumors are spinning about the possibility of continuing the series with an all-new cast, Parker thinks that something so drastic would make it an entirely different show. Previous reports have stated that the cast's conflicting schedules (and conflicting egos) are one reason a third film can't get made.
"I don't know that you could do it with a different cast," she said. "I think that's radical and interesting, but you can't pretend it's the same. It would be certainly interesting to see four diverse women experiencing NYC their way. [...] It would be interesting and very worthwhile exploring, but it couldn't be the same."
So, fans will have to wait and see what happens to the beloved franchise. Whether it gets remade or just remains as a time capsule to the late '90s and early '00s, there's sure to be some strong feelings either way. Parker, for one, is sure to have some strong words no matter what happens. Some of the show's cast members may be gung-ho about coming back to the Big Apple, but we're sure that a certain Cynthia Nixon may be a little too busy to step back into her particular role.