Q: Michael, what was your inspiration for the Sex and the City films?

Michael: My inspiration for the first movie was the girls reuniting, and my inspiration for this movie was the audience at the first movie. When I would see the audience showing up dressed and having cocktails before and groups going out—I saw some people taking pictures of themselves in the theater seats—I thought: "This is an interactive party. This is no longer a movie." When we were lucky enough, because of the love that was thrown our way by the box office of the first movie, to do a sequel, the first thing I knew was I wanted it to be a continuation of the party for the audience. I also knew I wanted it to be completely different than the first movie. The one rule we've always tried to follow in Sex and the City from the writing camp is: "Don't repeat. Dare yourself to change it, break it, move it forward." It started out as four single girls, and very early, we married one of them off. I mean, we defied the rules. So I knew it had to be a different vibe, and I sat down to write in what was the beginning of an economic downturn, and we still are in it. I thought: "What's my job? I'm not a banker. I can't go and balance your books. I'm a moviemaker, happily."

I want to make a movie, and like they did in the Great Depression, I thought Hollywood should take people on a big vacation that maybe they couldn't afford themselves. I thought, "It's going to be a big party. I want to make a big, extravagant vacation." I don't think it was my job to have Carrie Bradshaw sell apples under the 59th Street Bridge.

Sarah Jessica: As much as I wanted to sing that song...

Michael: Yes. I think it was our job to give everybody the vacation that maybe they can't afford. Now, they can go with their girlfriends for a night out and go on vacation with their other girlfriends, which are these four ladies.


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