Sarah Jessica Parker is talking Divorce, but not for her Sex and the City character, Carrie Bradshaw. The HBO alum, who’s set to star in a new series about divorce for the cable giant, says she’s looking forward to exploring the story of a broken marriage because it is such a complicated subject.
In an interview with Yahoo Style, Sarah Jessica Parker says she has been working on the idea for the new series, appropriately titled Divorce, for a long time, and she has been developing it with HBO and creator, Sharon Horgan.
“You know, the particular landscape of divorce and the story of a marriage is really interesting to me because it’s so complicated.”
But fans who are used to seeing Sarah Jessica Parker’s SATC character deal with a complicated relationship with Mr. Big (Chris Noth) will have to get used to her Divorce character’s complicated relationship with her husband Robert, played by Sideways star Thomas Haden Church.
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Divorce is set to debut on HBO sometime in 2016, but Sarah Jessica Parker’s fans may have a hard time getting the iconic SATC leading lady out of their heads. The Emmy-winning show aired for 1998 to 2004 and spawned two big screen sequel movies, so the character has been around for a long time.
Six years after the last SATC movie wrapped, fans still have mixed feelings about Carrie finally tying the knot with her longtime boyfriend, Big, after a tumultuous relationship that had him first marrying another woman and then leaving the long-suffering sex columnist at the altar years later. But Sarah Jessica Parker has no problem with the series about single women in the city ending with her character as a married woman.
“As I recall, the way Carrie and Big married was something she wanted rather than a feeling that life was slipping away and she best settle quickly. I don’t think of it as someone diminishing herself by letting a man marry her — it always felt that she had arrived at that on her own.”
One person who doesn’t agree with Sarah Jessica Parker on that topic is her old boss, SATC creator and producer Darren Star. In an interview for Kindle Singles, Star said he didn’t break the final episodes of the show, and he allowed others writers to follow their own vision for the last few episodes of the series. But it sounds like he didn’t exactly agree with the show’s fairytale ending, which had Big tracking Carrie down in Paris to tell her that he finally realized she was “the one.”
“I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don’t ultimately find happiness from marriage. Not that they can’t. But the show initially was going off script from the romantic comedies that had come before it…At the end, it became a conventional romantic comedy.”
That said, is there any chance that Carrie and Big could get divorced? In the Sex and the City 2 movie, Carrie came close to cheating when she reconnected with her former lover Aidan (John Corbett) for dinner and drinks. She went home and confessed a stolen kiss to her husband, and he ultimately forgave her. (He should have after all he put her through!) But does that mean these two will live happily ever after?
Sarah Jessica Parker has gone on record as saying she hasn’t completely shut the door on SATC, so there is a chance fans could someday see how things panned out for the off-and-on lovebirds. Parker told The Los Angeles Times she would be open to a third movie sequel to the franchise because she thinks there is “one more story to tell.”
Check out the video below to see Sarah Jessica Parker talk marriage in the Sex and the City movie.
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