After literal years of rumours, HBO has confirmed the Sex and the City reboot is happening. But, Kim Cattrall, AKA Samantha Jones, is not returning most likely due to her public fallout with Sarah Jessica Parker, leaving a chasm in the storyline.
The brand new series, titled And Just Like That, will consist of 10 half-hour episodes. Production will begin later this year.
Parker (Carrie Bradshaw), Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes), and Kristin Davis (Charlotte York) will reprise their roles in the reboot, which will be about the women as they navigate love and friendship in their 50s.
Parker shared an itty bitty teaser to her Instagram on Monday morning and of course it featured her iconic voiceover.
Naturally, fans on Twitter have already started theorising about Samantha’s absence from the series.
New York Times writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner asked people to respond with what they think will happen to Samantha in the reboot. Theories vary from death (grim) to overseas work (not grim).
She died of cancer. It came back. The show opens at her funeral.
— Rachel A Lawless (@RachelisLawless) January 10, 2021
She joined Real Housewives of New York and is currently dating Luann’s ex Tom. It’s all going down at the reunion and Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte will hate watch in their group chat.
— Joi-Marie (@joimariewrites) January 11, 2021
I am here for this!! (I would hate to think Samantha is dead, much rather think she’s off on an adventure or in a fight with the girls so someday they may all reunite or reconcile).
— Marie #NewYorkTough (@MarieIngrisano) January 11, 2021
She slept with Big
— emma jacobs (@emmavj) January 10, 2021
She started an OnlyFans and due to the success she became a billionaire who no longer hangs out with millionaires
— Daria (@daria_lin_) January 10, 2021
And guess what? Sarah Jessica Parker literally replied to the thread, tweeting: “Pen and paper at ready. X”.
Pen and paper at ready. X
— Sarah Jessica Parker (@SJP) January 11, 2021
“Exceeding all expectations. I am summoning discipline though desperate to suggest ‘hot/cold’,” she added, seemingly suggesting that the reason for Samantha’s absence has already been decided on in the writers’ room.
In case you’re wondering, the ship has absolutely sailed on Cattrall’s friendship with Parker.
She made that clear in 2018 after her brother, Chris, died in February.
After Parker offered her condolences, Cattrall rejected them and called her former co-star “cruel” and “hypocritical”.
Her caption read:
I don’t need your love or support at this tragic time @sarahjessicaparker. My Mom asked me today ‘When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone?’ 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.
Cattrall concluded her post by sharing a link to a New York Post article, which accused Parker, Nixon, and Davis of “mean-girl behaviour”.
In 2017, Cattrall denied reports she was the reason the third SATC movie was canned due to her “diva demands”.
Speaking to Piers Morgan at the time, Cattrall said that her only “demand” was that she didn’t want to do a third film, which she had made very clear in the past.
Sex and the City, including both films, are available to stream on Binge.