The End of Sex and the City: Tracking the Fallout Behind Third Movie
And just like that, over seven years of rumors, chatter and maybes came to a screeching halt. Sarah Jessica Parker confirmed to Extra that though the project had been in the works, it was no longer happening.
“It’s over,” the star, 52, told Extra on Sept. 28. “We’re not doing it.”
“I’m disappointed," she continued. "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,” she continued.
Kim Cattrall Fires Back on Twitter
Just hours after Parker’s confirmation hit the Internet, Cattrall — who had been rumored to be the reason that the third film wasn’t going ahead — issued her own statement on Twitter.
The actress said she simply "didn't want to do" a third film and refuted claims that her "outrageous demands" led to the production's shutdown. Cattral claimed she told producers she wasn't interesed in a sequel back in 2016.
Kristin Davis Speaks
Davis also spoke out about the now-shelved project, echoing Parker’s feelings of disappointment that it will never come to fruition.
“It is true that we are not going to be able to make a 3rd film,” she wrote on Instagram. “I wish that we could have made the final chapter, on our own terms, to complete the stories of our characters. It is deeply frustrating not to able to share that chapter (beautifully written by MPK) with all of you. So we will just have our memories, but please know that all of the love and support for us through the years is felt by us and we are so grateful for all of you!”
A source told PEOPLE that Davis has been the most enthusiastic of the original four women to pursue the third film. The source said: “Kristin was the most into the idea and really hoped it would work.”
Willie Garson Tweets His Frustrations
Willie Garson, who played Carrie's friend Stanford Blatch ub the series and two films, also tweeted about his sadness that the movie wouldn't be made.
In the tweet Garson said, "Disappointed for all crew holding on for negotiations to conclude for their jobs, and of course, for the fans. Leave it at that. #Truth"
"She Could've Been Nicer"
Cattrall hit back once again at claims that she was being a “diva” over the third film during an interview with Piers Morgan on his show Life Stories, which airs on ITV on the U.K.
“It’s quite extraordinary to get any kind of negative press about something that I’ve been saying for almost a year of ‘no’ that I’m demanding or a diva,” Cattrall said. “The answer was always no and a respectful, firm, no.”
“I never asked for any money, I never asked for any projects,” she added. “To be thought of as some kind of diva is absolutely ridiculous.”
She also talked about her co-star, Parker, saying that she “could have been nicer” about the process.
“And this is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker in that I think she could have been nicer.”
Garson Calls Out Cattrall on Twitter
Following Cattrall's interview with Piers Morgan, Garson threw more shade on Twitter, implying that Cattrall wasn’t being entirely truthful about her claims that she never wanted to do the third film.
In a tweet Garson wrote, "Dear fans, because I'm "toxic", I'm going to negotiate a contact for 6 months, not come to terms, then say I never wanted to do it anyway."
Cattrall Retweets Perez Hilton
The same day Garson's tweeted, calling out Cattrall, she made her feelings on the subject even more clear with a simple retweet. She posted a tweet of Perez Hilton’s that asked users to retweet if they want the writers to kill Cattrall’s character, Samantha Jones off, and make a third Sex and the City movie. If her retweets are any indication, it seems that Cattrall is in favor of the plan.
"We've Never Been Friends"
Cattrall’s true feelings about her costars were revealed when the Piers Morgan interview finally air and she admitted that she had never been close with the other three ladies.
“We’ve never been friends,” she said. “We’ve been colleagues and in some way, it’s a very healthy place to be.”
The actress also revealed that the show’s hard filming schedule is what kept her from having children.
“I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I have 19-hour days on this series. … My Monday morning would start at 4:45 a.m. and go to one or two in the morning. How could I possibly continue to do that, especially in my early 40s?’ ” she said. “And then I realized what a commitment it was just to the [IVF] procedures. I thought, ‘I don’t think it is going to happen.’ It was the first moment — it was extraordinary — in my life where I thought, ‘Maybe I’m just not going to do this.’ ”
"That Was Enormously Painful for Me"
In an interview with The Daily Beast while promoting the second season of her HBO show Divorce, Parker opened up about the pains of hearing things in the press that “aren’t true” — “especially when it is a personal attack about your character.”
“I’m stunned by how deeply it still cuts,” Parker said of the drama around the movie. “What happened, that was enormously painful for me.”
“When it’s happening and you’re caught up in any of the muscle of that stuff, it’s so painful because all you want to do is respond. All you want to do is say, ‘Are you kidding me!? This is everything I know. This is everything that happened over the last six months. These are the conversations. These are the emails. These are the conversations with lawyers and agents and studio heads,' ” she recalled to The Daily Beast. “But you’re counseled time and time again, “Don’t do it. You’re going to get in the weeds. It’s a nowhere road.”
“I just kept saying, ‘This was an experience I loved. I love those women. We shared this experience. It was a privilege. If that’s what we’re left with, those memories, there are only four of us who…’ You know?” she added.
She’s been more vocal recently though, talking about the possibility of trying the project again on the Golden Globes red carpet and even jokingly offering Cattrall’s role to Stephen Colbert.
So what changed? “The world shifted,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh this is ridiculous.’ I was afraid to talk about these allegations, and now there are real allegations in the world. And all of a sudden I was like, ‘I think I’m going to answer the question about the Sex and the City movie.”
“For so long I was told to be quiet about all of that stuff. And all of a sudden I’m like, ‘If people are being encouraged to come forward and talk about really difficult, painful, potentially criminal things that they were part of or witnessed, I think I can talk about the Sex and the City 3 movie,'” she added, laughing. “I think it’s okay! I’m a grown freaking woman.”
Though she’s open to discussing it now, Parker did understand that the conversation changes the way fans think about the legacy of the project.
“It hurts the franchise… it does,” she said. “It changes the way people experience the show. It changes my own experience to have to talk about it like that. It opens the conversation up time and again. You put the white-hot spotlight back on it again. But then you realize it’s just silliness. Of course I can answer honestly about my experience. Of course I can say what happened. It’s so silly.”