Single in the city once again


Sarah Jessica Parker could soon have her first project after "Sex." The actress is in talks with Warner Bros. to star in "The Ivy Chronicles," a story of class and the single woman in contemporary New York. It centers on Ivy Ames, an Upper East Side woman who, after losing her high-powered job and getting divorced, starts over again in a less ritzy downtown apartment. After pulling her children from private school, Ames starts a business to help upper-middle-class women get their children into elite kindergartens.

The project, based on Karen Quinn's eponymous novel, is described as following in the vein of "The Devil Wears Prada" and "The Nanny Diaries" as well as Gigi Levangie Grazer's "The Starter Wife," which became a successful limited series on USA. Jerry Weintraub is set to produce.

Warners is keen to cast Parker in another project after "Sex and the City" became one of the blowout hits of the summer, earning more than $300 million worldwide. Several projects were presented to the actress, who sparked to the single-mother tale.

About eight months before "Sex" became a summer smash, Parker had signed on to a romantic comedy titled "The Late Bloomer's Revolution," which HBO Films was to have produced for Picturehouse; with the dissolution of the unit, that project's status is uncertain.

Parker has had mixed big-screen results outside of "Sex." Recent academia dramedy "Smart People" earned only $10 million at the boxoffice, though "Failure to Launch," a film in which Parker had a leading role opposite Matthew McConaughey, wound up earning nearly $90 million domestically for Paramount in 2006. (partialdiff)