Okay, now it makes sense.
Last year, Kim Cattrall said she didn’t want to return as her most famous character Samantha Jones for the third instalment of Sex and the City.
Shortly after, she admitted of her co-stars: “We’ve never been friends. We’ve been colleagues and in some way, it’s a very healthy place to be.”
Carrie Bradshaw herself (Sarah Jessica Parker) later confirmed that Sex and the City 3 had been cancelled, telling Extra: “It’s not halted, it’s over.
“We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story.
“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.”
We now have further insight as to why Kim refused to do the third movie, thanks to Origins podcast host James Andrew Miller.
The award-winning journalist recently revealed that he spoke with the cast and writers of the franchise, and learned that the script for the movie would’ve included the death of Carrie’s main love interest, Mr Big.
Reportedly, Kim didn’t approve of the storyline because the film would’ve focused on Carrie’s heartbreak, rather than the dynamic between the four leads.
“People close to Kim believe that the script didn’t have a lot to offer the character of Samantha,” Miller said.
“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.”
Kristen Davis, who plays Charlotte York in the franchise, said: “It’s very hard because we were crushed by not doing that third film. It’s so hard to get a film starring four women greenlit, even when you are a household name around the world.”
Australian singer-songwriter Sia and American talk show host Ellen even offered to step in as Samantha, but SJP recently told a fan that she ‘can’t imagine’ continuing the franchise without Kim.
On Instagram, a fan requested that SJP “replace or write her out… if she is not interested.”
The Emmy Award winning actress responded: “Not sure if I can imagine doing another movie without her.”
Sex and the City originally ran from 1998-2004, and received universal acclaim from critics, who often rank the show as one of the greatest comedy-dramas of all time.
It spawned two feature films, Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010) – both of which were massive successes at the box office – and a prequel series, The Carrie Diaries.