Franchise's key players look to projects ahead
Sarah Jessica Parker
“Sex and the City” transformed Parker’s acting career and made her into a style icon, and she recently signed on as Halston president and chief creative officer.
“Halston is taking up a nice amount of my time now, which is great and challenging and terrifying and fun,” Parker says. “I’m trying desperately hard not to bring the institution to a screeching halt.”
Parker says she will concentrate on her family, her ongoing endorsement deal with Garnier, her multiple fragrances, her Presidential Committee on the Humanities and the Arts membership and ballet.
“I’m on the board of the New York City Ballet now,” Parker says. “I’m working hard to be deserving of that position.”
Although she’s mum on what’s next professionally, Cynthia Nixon says that she will continue her “battle to try to get proper funding” for the public school system (both her children are in New York City public schools) and continue her involvement with “getting marriage equality passed in New York State.”
She made her film debut in 1980’s “Little Darlings” and made Broadway history by appearing simultaneously in Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” and David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly” at age 18.
She’s worked in film, theater and TV, and in the the last six years, Nixon has garnered two Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy for her work on the “Sex and the City” HBO series, “Law and Order: SVU,” David Lindsay-Abaire’s play “Rabbit Hole” and her contribution to the recording of “An Inconvenient Truth.”
In the last 12 years, audiences have witnessed Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) cope with impotence, hairy backs, divorce, adoption and birth. Now, in “Sex and the City 2,” York is coping with motherhood.
“We’ve been working on the promotional aspect of the film since January, so it’s exciting that it’s actually coming to fruition,” Davis says. “But once it’s done, I don’t know what I am going to do. I have a few things that I am working on, but nothing is greenlit yet.”
Davis, who recently took a trip to Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia, is considering taking a vacation — at home. “I have had a fair amount of travel in the last year, so it would be nice to sit still for a little bit.”
Cattrall’s Samantha Jones was a revelation to audiences when “Sex and the City” hit HBO — smart, gorgeous, in control and unabashedly embracing her sexual desires and fullfillment thereof in a package that wrapped up feminist theory, post-feminist theory and the sexual revolution all in one blonde New Yorker.
Lately, the thesp has gotten strong reviews as the wife of a British prime minister in thriller “The Ghost Writer” and as an aging porn star in “Meet Monica Velour.” Cattrall is keeping her onscreen options open, and earlier this month, she wrapped the West End revival of “Private Lives.”
After joining HBO’s “Sex and the City” in its second season, John Melfi went on to win three Producers Guild Awards for the series.
Melfi began his career as a stage manager in New York City in 1982, where he worked on over 40 plays and musicals.
Melfi recently served as exec producer on HBO’s “Rome” and “The Comeback” and Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” adding he has “a number of things in the works” after “Sex.”
“There are things that are in various stages of development,” he says. “Who knows? Maybe I’ll get to work with Michael Patrick King again soon. You definitely want to keep working with someone like him, right?
“For me, there’s a lot of satisfaction in executing a concept to completion and seeing it out there.”
Star gave Fox a high-rating injection of sex and sin and zeitgeist in the early 1990s as creator/executive producer of Fox’s “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place.” As “Sex and the City” creator, he added sophistication and depth to his oeuvre.
Besides writing a pilot for HBO, he is developing a biopic about former beauty queen, singer and anti-gay activist Anita Bryant.
“We are in the script stages of the project right now,” says Star, who will direct the film, which is written by Chad Hodge and executive produced Dennis Erdman and Star.
He is also set to executive produce the adaptation of Josh Kilmer-Purcell book “I’m Not Myself These Days,” about a man who is a high-powered exec by day and drag queen by night, into an hourlong musical drama for Bravo. The project is currently in development.
Michael Patrick King
King was a stand-up comic before beginning his writing career on series including “Murphy Brown,” “Cybil” and “Will and Grace.” After the “Sex and the City” series finale in 2004, King went to work as a writer, producer and director of HBO’s short-lived comedy series “The Comeback,” starring Lisa Kudrow. King returned to the “Sex” franchise to write and direct the bigscreen version, duties he is handling on the sequel.
Meantime, he’s got a deal with Warner Bros. TV and is putting the finishing touches on an original romantic comedy script he is aiming to direct.