Sex and the City Author Candace Bushnell Says Reboot Will Work 'Fine' Without Samantha
Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell is weighing in on Kim Cattrall's absence from the show's upcoming HBO Max revival, sharing that she thinks the series will be "fine" without its original Samantha Jones.
On Sunday, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis confirmed the news of a future reboot, titled And Just Like That, on Instagram. Cattrall — who has publicly maintained that she would never return to the franchise — was noticeably missing from the exciting announcement.
While many fans and critics shared their qualms that a SATC without Samantha would not be the same, Bushnell said that that viewers should not worry about the show's storyline without Cattrall's famous character.
"You know what, I think it's fine," Bushnell told Page Six just days after the revival's announcement. "Kim is a grown woman. She is 64 and she's made a decision that I'm sure she has 10 very good reasons for and I respect her for that."
Parker, 55, is set to reprise her role as writer Carrie Bradshaw in the revival, and Davis, 55, and Nixon, 54, will return to play their original characters Charlotte York Goldenblatt and Miranda Hobbes, respectively. All three women will also serve as executive producers.
Bushnell continued on to say that she thinks the show will be "interesting" without Samantha and that the series can now further explore its other characters.
"But I also know there's a lot of interesting characters like [Nixon's] Miranda. We are all Mirandas. Miranda is an interesting character — but I don't know what they're gonna do," she said.
"Kim should be happy — and I think she is happy. I think that her character Samantha is always going to be an inspiration to them," Bushnell added. "So somehow, I imagine she'll be there in spirit and as an inspiration that gives them a chance of exploring sexuality with different characters [without Samantha hogging the libidinous spotlight]."
The author also noted that the reboot's writers will surely come up with ideas to address Cattrall's absence.
On Sunday, Parker shared a teaser for the next installment of the hit show.
In the video, amid a montage of classic New York City imagery, Parker's Carrie can be heard typing the words "And just like that..." on her computer, followed by "the story continues."
"I couldn't help but wonder... where are they now? X, SJ @HBOMax@JustLikeThatMax#AndJustLikeThat #SATCNextChapter," Parker captioned the clip on Instagram.
Fans have long sought another installment of the popular franchise, which originally aired as a TV show on HBO from 1998 to 2004, and scored two spin-off movies.
According to HBO Max, And Just Like That will follow "Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s."
The ten-episode, half-hour series from executive producer Michael Patrick King is scheduled to begin production in New York in late spring.