I know, I know, wishful thinking, but when news circulated yesterday that Sex and the City 3 might be in the works, all I could do was shake my head.
To be clear: I loved the show. Before I moved to New York, I’d watch SATC and make mental notes about all the places I wanted to visit—Cafeteria, Central Park, the shops along Fifth Avenue. I loved the girls, how different they were, how funny, and how stylish (except Carrie, her outfits were straight up cray). But most of all I enjoyed how, for thirty minutes, I could slip into a completely different world than my own and enjoy myself.
And then it was over. After six seasons, Carrie and Big finally got it together, Miranda got hitched, Samantha was in love, and Charlotte had found her happily ever after. The show ended like any good romance novel would with its heroines happy, and of course, still fabulous.
Four years after the show wrapped, Sex and the City made the leap to the big screen in a film that felt more like a two-hour fashion show than the sitcom I’d grown to love. While the film was entertaining enough it fell short of viewers’ high expectations, but that didn’t stop Darren Star and company from doing it again.
Sex and the City 2 dropped two years later and I was officially done. The women were a shadow of their lively, interesting selves—particularly Miranda who morphed into an unrecognizable, crazed woman who became so detached from her character it just seemed too far-fetched. The film found the women flouncing through Abu Dhabi—camel riding in stilettos anyone?—before all of their troubles were resolved in the end.
Although it was a hit at the box office, Sex and the City 2 was roundly lambasted by critics and fans alike. Despite this, however, Star recently told EW.com that the story isn’t over yet.
“Sarah Jessica and I both know what that final chapter is. That doesn’t mean it will or should be told, but I do think there’s one story left. Whether it ever happens is a whole other situation. But there’s four girls, and those girls are still in my mind. There are other stories to tell and characters that haven’t even been written yet.”
Sarah Jessica Parker echoed Star’s sentiments, but said that if another sequel were to happen it would need to be soon.
“A part of me thinks there is one last chapter to tell. But timing is a peculiar thing. It isn’t a decision that can wait forever. I don’t want to have to wear muumuus!”
While I enjoyed SATC, it’s time to move on. Parker, Kristen Davis, and Cynthia Nixon are pushing 50, while Kim Cattrall is nearly 60. Though the ladies look good for their age, aside from Carrie becoming a mom or one of the women dying, I’m not sure what story is still left to tell.
But I get it. Hollywood is about making money, not necessarily bringing fresh stories to the big screen. No matter how ridiculous the second SATC film was, there is a built in audience ready to see it (or tear it to shreds). However, the same could be said for Girlfriends.
Over the past year, Black films have proven to be box office hits. Think Like A Man brought it $100 million; The Best Man Holiday grossed over $71 million; Ride Along exceeded everyone’s expectations and earned over $121 million; and Lee Daniels’ The Butler raked in an impressive $116 million. Add to that the success of indie hits like Fruitvale Station ($16 million), and Black audiences, particularly Black women, are hungry for films that mirror our own lives.
Handled correctly, a film adaptation of Girlfriends could be a box office boon for a studio, and like many fans, Tracee Ellis Ross wants to see it happen.
Back in 2011 Ross told me: “I would love to do a ‘Girlfriends’ movie. How much fun would it be to see what happens between Joan and Toni? Does Joan ever get married? I want to know! ‘The Game’ got back on the air because of the fans, so I don’t know what all you people are waiting for, we need you.”
Dear Hollywood, you hear that?
Call Golden Brooks, Persia White, Jill Marie Jones, and Reginald C. Hayes and make it happen!