Maybe it’s a good thing, then, that the movie didn’t happen.
Remember that glimmer of hope we all had in 2017 that there might be a Sex and the City 3? And how that glimmer of hope spectacularly and spontaneously combusted, right before our eyes, with the news that stars Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker were locked in something of a feud?
We remember it like yesterday, mostly because we were so longing for the movie ourselves. The sequel was all but confirmed, with film crews reportedly prepping locations and sets in New York, when the rug was pulled out from underneath it back in September 2017. “It’s over,” Parker told Extra. Castmates Willie Garson and Kristin Davis issued mysterious social media statements vocalising their “disappointment” and “frustration”.
The Daily Mail reported that the cancellation of the film was because Cattrall made “demands” during salary negotiations, but the actress hit back and said that she never consented to the movie in the first place.
“I never asked for any money, I never asked for any projects, to be thought of as some kind of diva is absolutely ridiculous,” Cattrall told Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. “This isn’t about more money, this is not about more scenes, it’s not about any of those things. 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.”
Well, it’s all probably for the best, now that a copy of the script has been shared on the pop culture oral history podcast Origins. Speaking with producers, filmmakers and stars Parker, Chris Noth, Davis and more, host James Andrew Miller revealed that the script for Sex and the City 3 reportedly featured the untimely death of Carrie’s soulmate Mr. Big.
According to the script, the shocking twist occurs “relatively early” in the movie, with Mr. Big dying of a “heart attack in the shower”. The film’s main agenda from there became Carrie’s struggle to come to terms with a life without her husband.
Miller suggested that this was the main reason for Cattrall’s hesitance to join the film: its focus on Carrie’s life post-Mr. Big’s death led to the displacement of her relationship with her best friends Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda.
“We negotiated in good faith,” Parker told the podcast host. “I emailed her, I tried to reach out to her and say like, ‘We want you to be 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.’”
Noth himself never read the script, but he admitted to Miller that he had been told that it was “superior” to the scripts for the first two films, both movies that Noth is not a fan of.
“I really hate corny stuff,” Noth said on the podcast, “and it could be because I’m a little bit of a cynic. 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 just hate the cornball sh*t and I thought it was just really sentimental and overly romantic without any feet in realism.”
Noth would have gotten what he wanted in Sex and the City 3, then. There’s nothing “cornball” about one of the great, big loves of your life dying in the shower of a heart attack.
And while this news might be like the proverbial manna from heaven for Aidan Shaw fans, who believe that Carrie should have ended up with him all along, we’re of the opinion that there’s no Sex and the City without Mr. Big.