By now, you have likely heard the news:
Sex and the City is coming back!
According to an HBO Max press release, a new chapter of the beloved story -- titled “And Just Like That…” -- will begin production in New York City this spring.
It will star Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.
It will consist of 10 half-hour episodes and it will follow Carrie Bradshaw (Parker), Charlotte York (Davis) and Miranda Hobbes (Nixon) as they navigate love and friendship in their 50s.
Said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, in a statement:
“I grew up with these characters, and I can’t wait to see how their story has evolved in this new chapter, with the honesty, poignancy, humor and the beloved city that has always defined them."
Sex and the City premiered on HBO in 1998 and ran for six seasons until 2004.
It led to a pair of movies, neither of which was very well-received, and its the latest famous former series to receive a revival commitment from HBO.
New versions of Gossip Girl and True Blood are also in the works.
As you also likely heard, and noted in the description above, Kim Cattrall will NOT return in the iconic role of Samantha Jones.
But what about Chris Noth?
Will he be back as Carrie's husband, Mr. Big?
Back in 2018, author James Andrew Miller hosted a podcast about the origins of Sex and the City.
He said on one episode that a third movie, which was eventually scrapped, had planned to kill off Noth's character.
The filmed called for "Mr. Big to die of a heart attack in the shower, relatively early on in the film, making the remainder of the movie more about how Carrie recovers from Big’s death than about the relationship between the four women," said Miller at the time.
Noth denied this was ever planned.
But he also confessed to Miller that he wasn't a fan of his role in the second movie.
“I really didn’t enjoy any of the movies. I really hate corny stuff and it could be because I’m a little bit of a cynic.
"Like, the whole thing at the end of the [first] movie in the shoe closet, hated it,” the Law & Order alum explained, citing the end of the first movie in which Big proposed again to Carrie.
“Hated the thing at the end of the movie after I felt she deceived me and then I say, ‘Well, it’s time I give you a bigger diamond ring.’ Hated it.
"I just hate the cornball s–t. I thought it was just really sentimental and overly romantic without any feet in realism.”
Does this mean Noth wouldn't want to return for the upcoming revival?
Does it mean producers will still want to kill of Big in order to re-open Carrie's love life again?
Stay tuned, folks.
We'll find out soon enough!
Kim Cattrall was known on Sex and the City for portraying a character who always spoke her mind.
And it's now evident that that the role of Samantha Jones was a bit of type-casting, considering the simple and direct share Cattrall just hurled in the direction of a former co-star.
In a very straightforward Instagram message shared on Saturday morning, for ex-HBO star addressed Sarah Jessica Parker, the former lead on the series that made both women very rich and very famous.
"My Mom asked me today “When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone?” opened Cattrall on social media.
She then set her sights specifically on Parker and wrote:
"Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven’t already):
"You are not my family. You are not my friend.
"So I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your ‘nice girl’ persona."
The bold up above is our own because thought these words required emphasis.
There had long been rumored tension between Cattrall and Parker, dating back to when the actress co-starred on Sex and the City the TV show.
They put aside their differences for many seasons, however, and then also through a pair of movies.
But everything blew up publicly last fall after Parker told Extra that a script had been penned for Sex and the City 3 and that everyone was on board to film...
... except for Cattrall.
She referred to this hold out as "disappointing."
Cattrall then took exception to Parker taking her beef public, considering Kim says she was never, ever open to shooting another movie.
She held no bitter feeling. She even encouraged producers to find another actress for Samantha.
She had simply moved on -- and here was Parker, taking her to task for simply making a personal and professional decision.
"At this very moment it’s quite extraordinary to get any kind of negative press about something that I’ve been saying for almost a year of ‘no’ that I’m demanding or a diva,” Cattrall told Piers Morgan in an interview last October, adding of Parker in particular:
"And this is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker, in that I think she could have been nicer."
So it was obvious at that time that the stars weren't very close.
In response to the tragedy, Parker wrote the following on Instagram:
Dearest Kim, my love and condolences to you and yours and Godspeed to your beloved brother. Xx.
This appears to be the basis for Cattrall's latest message.
She feels as though Parker wasn't being sincere, pretending as if she and Cattrall were good friends when, in reality, they are anything but.
Wrote Cattrall shortly after she learned of her brother's death:
"It is with great sadness that myself and my family announce the unexpected passing of our son and brother, Chris Cattrall.
"At this time we ask for privacy but we want to thank you all on social media for your outpouring of love and support in this trying time."
Did Parker mean well with her Instagram reply to this confirmation?
Or was she exploiting the sad situation for PR sake, to make it look like she's a caring individual when, according to Cattrall, there's no relationship of any kind about which Parker should care.
It's clear on which side of this debate Cattrall falls.
And it's also now VERY clear that there will no Sex and the City 3, not with Cattrall as Jones at least.
Ding! Ding! Ding!
It is totally on between Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker.
For real this time.
Throughout the filming of Sex and the City the HBO television show and then Sex and the City, the two mediocre movies, there had always been chatter that these two actresses did not get along very well.
Which is fine.
Not all co-stars need to be best friends forever.
But the claws have now officially come out in the wake of Parker telling Extra that plans for a third film in the franchise have officially been scrapped.
“We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story,” she told the entertainment news outlet, adding:
“It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.”
(Note: Have they, really?!? Sex and the City 2 has a score of 16% on Rotten Tomatoes.)
Amidst talk that Cattrall was the one to squash the follow-up flick due to various production demands, the veteran actress sat down with Piers Morgan on the program "Life Stories" to address any and all diva-related chatter.
Her general response?
I've never been on board for Sex and the City 3... and Parker sort of sucks!
"At this very moment it’s quite extraordinary to get any kind of negative press about something that I’ve been saying for almost a year of ‘no’ that I’m demanding or a diva,” Cattrall told Morgan, adding:
“And this is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker, in that I think she could have been nicer.”
So there you have it.
After all this time, that's the first admission from either Cattrall or Parker that they aren't exactly on each other's Christmas lists.
“I really think she could have been nicer,” Cattrall reiterated in her interview. “I don’t know what her issue is. I never have.”
Cattrall went on to explain that she was approached in December about the possibility of Sex and the City 3... and that it simply never appealed to her.
“This isn’t about more money, this is not about more scenes, it’s not about any of those things,” she said.
“This is about a clear decision, an empowered decision in my life to end one chapter and start another. I’m 61. It’s now.”
Fair enough, right?
And it's not as if Cattrall is even against a third movie. Go ahead and make it without me, she happily tells the cast and crew!
“I want them to make the movie, if that’s what they want to do,” she said.
“It’s a great part. I played it past the finish line and then some and I loved it, and another actress should play it. Maybe they could make it an African-American Samantha Jones or a Hispanic Samantha Jones?’
“I’ve moved on. This is what my 60s are about. They’re about me making decisions for me, not my career. For me.
"And that feels frickin’ fantastic.”
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Sarah Jessica Parker CLAPS BACK At A Fashion Blogger For Saying She Didn’t Follow The Met Gala Theme!
Who knew SJP had such sass?!
While her look received mixed reviews, you have to respect the fact that the Sex and the City star took a bold, fashion risk.
However, whether you love it or hate it, don't accuse the actress of not following the theme!
She posted on Instagram :
The 2016 Met Gala Theme was "Manus X Machina; Fashion in the age of technology" and this trio didnt get the memo @sarahjessicaparker @dvf @madonna 💁🏼 #fashionforward #Metgala #fashionblogger #ivymarshallA photo posted by Ivy Marshall's Blog (@ivymarshallsblog) on May 2, 2016 at 10:48pm PDT
The 51-year-old saw the post and BLASTED the critic for her ignorance!
Do NOT mess with Carrie Bradshaw, girl!
[Image via Getty Images.]
Sarah Jessica Parker’s portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw is so epochal that it’s hard to believe SJP nearly said “no” to Sex and the City. But it’s true. Back before anyone knew quite how big SATC would be, Sarah Jessica Parker was desperate to get out of her contract, and leave the role of Carrie Bradshaw to someone else. Apparently, Sarah was a little reluctant about getting into a longterm show, but we hope she has never regretted her iconic role now that all is said and done.
How different the 90s would have been! Could anyone else have worn that tutu quite as well? Would we have cared quite as much if it was somebody else getting dumped on a Post-It note? And would we have cried quite so hard when it all drew to a close if it wasn’t SJP we were saying goodbye to? Here are eight ladies I think almost could have filled Parker’s (Manolo Blahnik) shoes.
Dana Delany was actually offered the role of Carrie — and turned it down. Man, has she made some pretty big mistakes in her career: she also turned down playing Bree Van De Kamp in Desperate Housewives. The women who did take these roles went on to be worth tens of millions of dollars — ouch, that’s gotta hurt. You just know Delany would have done a good job, too; she’s already got the screen chemistry with Kim Cattrall, and the two of them killed it in Live Nude Girls.
Carrie’s hair is almost as iconic as her shoes, and Brooke Shields has got hair in spades. So she’s got the look, and we know from Blue Lagoon that she’s not one to shy away from sex scenes. I bet she could have played a magnificent Carrie.
Imagine a British Carrie Bradshaw! I’m kind of in love with this idea. Liz Hurley is every bit as sassy, sexy, and sharp as Carrie — and imagine her reading out the sex column in that accent. It would have been sensational.
Vanessa Williams would play a fierce Carrie. She’s strong, beautiful, hilarious, and seriously no-nonsense. I can definitely see her objecting to baby showers and country cottages just as firmly as SJP — and she would totally rock the wardrobe, too.
What?! I know — I never even would have thought of this, if it wasn’t for the fact that Davis did actually audition for the role of Carrie. These days, she’s got Charlotte written all over her, but I’d love to have seen her ditch the fairytale act and play the much-more-cynical Carrie Bradshaw.
Love it or hate it, Cougar Town has definitely shown us that Courtney Cox can hold her own as the lead of a sitcom. From Friends, she’s already had practice at living in an apartment way nicer than her character could ever afford — and I’d love to see what Monica Geller could do with Carrie Bradshaw’s incredible wardrobe.
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