The idea of a third Sex & The City movie was v. polarising among fans. While some were all too keen to see what the fabulous friends were up to all these years later, many were extremely nervy about damaging the legacy any further with shitty storylines à la the second film and the prequel spinoff series The Carrie Diaries.
And despite the plug being pulled on the third film at the 11th hour due to Kim Cattrall‘s contract disagreement, leading to a shitstorm of drama, an unknown storyline had been selected and a full script had been penned which never saw the light of day.
In September 2017, Sarah Jessica Parker described the script as “beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable” in an interview with PEOPLE, 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.”
But what that storyline involved was never revealed… until now.
In award-winning journo James Andrew Miller‘s podcast, he reveals that the third flick saw Carrie‘s hubby Big (Chris Noth) die of a heart attack early on in the film and the rest of the story was about how Carrie copes with the loss with the support of her gal pals.
told u it was dark
This certainly explains why Cattrall backed the fuck out of the project as she didn’t want the focus to be entirely on her rival’s storyline which, as we know, has been a sore subject for her since day dot.
“People close to Kim believe she never wanted to do the third movie. Period. And they point to two large issues that made it impossible for anyone close to her to talk her into doing it,” says the host.
“First, although each woman was to get one million dollars up front, they believed the way the ‘back end’ had been divided up among the five (the four women and [executive producer] Michael Patrick King) was unequal and unfair.
And, second, people close to Kim believed that the script for the movie didn’t have a lot to offer the character of Samantha. 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.”
When talking about trying to negotiate with Kim, SJP told James Andrew Miller, “We negotiated in good faith. We wanted it to be a place that felt good to everybody, and if we were aware that contractually there were any issues, we hope that they were settled because we wanted Kim to be there.”
Adding, “Michael and I worked all summer, I had many, many, many conversations with her manager where I was told, ‘She’d love to hear from you.’ I e-mailed her, I tried to reach out to her and say like, ‘We want you part of this. You’re an integral part, of course you are. I hope when you read this script you’ll see the beauty, the joy, the heartbreak in it that I see, that we have seen.’ But I can’t force her to see it, but we did negotiate through the process and ultimately the studio said, ‘We can’t meet those asks of hers. We’re not able to do it…the economics don’t make sense for us.’ So then it’s over, but that’s not a character assassination, that’s just the way business works.”
As a SATC fan, I’m kinda torn on this one. On one hand I do miss our ladies and I’d love to see their take on current events with a Donald Trump dig tossed in here or there, but I also feel like the storyline would have been a knock off of the first flick where Big exits Carrie’s life and she spends the whole movie crying over him while her girlfriends do their best to comfort her.
The only difference is that with this storyline he obviously wouldn’t come back, except in flashbacks and probably some lame ‘oh I think I just spotted him in the crowd’ moments.
Gotta say, I’m team Kim on this one.