King abstains from "Sex and the City" prequel

Wed Aug 3, 2011 6:40pm EDT
 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The man behind the "Sex and the City" TV series and movies said on Wednesday he is not working on a possible "prequel" and has no interest in one, quashing media speculation about a new chapter in the hugely successful franchise.

"I am not working on any 'Sex and the City' prequel at all," Michael Patrick King told television journalists gathered for a bi-annual meeting of critics.

King brought the original books by Candace Bushnell to life first in the Emmy-award winning HBO series, "Sex and the City," and later in two movies starring Sarah Jessica Parker as New York journalist and fashionista Carrie Bradshaw.

Bushnell, who based the books on her own life, has since written two books, "The Carrie Diaries" and "Summer And the City," about Bradshaw's early life.

In recent weeks there has been widespread speculation of a "Sex and the City 3" that would feature young stars and be based on Bushnell's two new works. But King said he had not read the latest books and was not interested in exploring Carrie Bradshaw's younger self.

"My Carrie Bradshaw started at 33 and I took her to 40...For me the idea of going backward and making her less evolved...is something I don't even imagine doing," he said.

"I am sure Candace did a great job on them (the books) but I have no connection to a prequel," King added.

King is currently working on a new TV comedy for CBS called "2 Broke Girls" about two young waitresses working in a run-down New York diner.

King said the show was the complete antithesis of the glamorous settings and characters of "Sex and the City" .

"'2 Broke Girls' is like the evil king of chick lit," he said, saying the show would be "irreverent, spicy and outrageous."

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)