There were many diehard fans who were clamouring for a third Sex and the City movie and star Sarah Jessica Parker was definitely one of them. She championed to have it made, got Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Chris Noth on board along with writer and executive producer Michael Patrick King, but there was one reported holdout: Kim Cattrall.
Cattrall made it clear years ago that she didn’t want to do a third movie — and now we might know why. Turns out, the script that centred on Carrie dealing with being a widow. Yep, they were going to kill off Big.
“People close to Kim believe that the script didn’t have a lot to offer the character of Samantha,” Origins podcast host James Andrew Miller alleged during Monday’s episode. “They point to the fact that it calls 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.”
Sure, the movie might’ve been all about Carrie, but without Big, it could be argued that the film may have gone back to the heart of the show, with these four women coming together for each other. Or not. Realistically, though, considering Sex and the City 2‘s dismal 15 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s a wonder why anyone would think another sequel would be a good idea.
While Noth said he would’ve signed on for the movie, he admitted he hated the “cornball sh*t” in the first two films.
“I really hate corny stuff and it could be because I’m a little bit of a cynic,” he told Miller. “Like, the whole thing at the end of the movie in the shoe closet. Hated it. 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 thought it was just really sentimental and overly romantic without any feet in realism.”
And while King did say there was tension on the set (“Kristin, Cynthia and Sarah Jessica became one group, and Kim never joined mentally.”), he explained it was due to Parker’s then-movie star status and that she was always going to be the star. “I guess for Kim it didn’t matter how much the raise became if there was never parity, but there was never going to be parity.”
Parker, on the other hand, continues to deny that she and Cattrall are feuding, saying the series “couldn’t have functioned” with all of the drama.
“I’m not in a catfight with anybody, I’ve never publicly ever said anything unfriendly, unappreciative about Kim because that’s not how I feel about her,” SJP told Miller.
Cattrall, for obvious reasons, was not part of the podcast but her rep told Miller, “She’s already said everything she wants to say about Sex and the City.” Ultimately, we should all be grateful SATC3 never happened or is going to happen. It sounds like it would’ve been a mess — off-screen and probably on as well.