By Stacy Jenel Smith
"Sex and the City" fans who were unhappy to learn that the kibosh had been put on plans for a big-screen version of the martini-soaked serial, consider this: at least you have the Emmys to look forward to in September.Last summer, Cynthia Nixon told us that as happy as she was to be a nominee, nobody considered the show's second-to-last season its best - and everyone was hoping, and working hard, to make the final season of "Sex and the City's" its most memorable. Well, that final season got lots of critical praise, and no doubt it will gain attention from Academy of Television Arts and Sciences voters. And then you might just see a reunion of the "Sex" actresses.
And then - you'd better believe it - the story will be about how Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis will be when meeting up again with Kim Cattrall, a.k.a. she who scuttled the movie.
For so long, the oft-denied stories wafting around the "Sex" set had Cattrall feeling like the odd woman out, like it was three against one. This latest news - that she opted out of waiting for a script and start date on the proposed "Sex and the City" feature film - fits that theme. She wanted script approval and parity with star Sarah Jessica, reportedly. No dice, no movie.
Chatter around town gives one the sense that Cattrall doesn't have many sympathizers. Even the esteemed industry bible, Variety, sounded a bit vexed in a story about the aftermath of the no-"Sex" decision by HBO:
"?It must be asked: What rival project was so pressing that Kim Cattrall just couldn't wait a little longer? The actress, who portrayed oversexed publicist Samantha Jones on the cabler's sitcom, effectively killed the movie when she refused to extend her commitment after the hold date expired and the film didn't have a production start. (Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon, by contrast, had more patience.)?"
Perhaps fortunately for Kim, she's north of the border at the moment, shooting "Ice Princess" for Disney, playing mom to Michelle Trachtenberg, who stars as an aspiring figure skater. The actress, who cashed in on her "Sex and the City" role with her exceptionally graphic sex how-to books written with husband Mark Levinson, (from whom she is separated), is also planning to produce a documentary for HBO and Canada's CTV titled "Sexual Intelligence."
However, Variety reports her plans to star in and produce a remake of Clifford Odet's "The Country Girl" for HBO remain "mired in development."
Although Cattrall has a long list of credits, there is no question that "Sex and the City" was THE distinguishing vehicle of her career. Whether there will be another one for the 48-year-old actress remains to be seen, but it's doubtful.
Sarah Jessica Parker's immediate professional future is falling into the Gap, with whom she recently made an unprecedented deal for a marketing campaign that will debut in August. It's the first time the Gap will be working with a celebrity on a broader scale than a one-time appearance in a print or TV ad campaign, and it'll have Parker in a series of TV spots and print ads, both alone and in conjunction with other artists.
She's also reportedly writing a novel.
And let's not forget, she's made it quite clear she wants time to focus on her and husband Matthew Broderick's son, James Wilke, who turns two in October.
Smart money is on the ever-energetic Parker to retain her place in the spotlight.
Nixon, who has a seven-year-old daughter (Samantha) and a one-year-old son (Charles), is also happy to be able to devote her time to her children. The veteran New York stage actress told us she has "some things flitting around that I've been swatting away" in terms of new projects. She won't be swatting them away now. Nixon, who does ads for Oral B, admitted she fears she's been "spoiled" by "Sex and the City," which allowed her to stay put in New York with her children instead of living the itinerant film actor's life. Though she says she'd be happy doing nothing but theater, "You can't make much of a living that way."
Davis, who recently starred with Matthew Modine in TNT's "The Winning Season" fantasy film, also has projects brewing, but not ready to announce yet.
She'd been keeping her schedule clear for the "Sex and the City" movie.
Oh yes, it's bound to be an interesting Emmys.