Sex and the City is headed for a reboot, but with one famous face missing from all the announcements.
Although Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon were part of the announcements on Instagram, Kim Cattrall was notably absent.
They revealed the title, And Just Like That, and that the show will feature the relationships of the group as they move through life in their fifties.
Cattrall, who played Samantha, was notable in her absence, but it wasn’t a big shock since she has been very clear about her lack of interest in returning to the franchise in any form.
In 2017, Cattrall was accused of being the reason a third movie was never made. Although she denied the rumors, her fellow cast did little to quell them on social media.
Many reports of the years have painted the relationships between the other stars and Cattrall as negative. After the third movie was canceled, Cattrall said that the relationship between herself and her costars was “toxic”.
Regarding her decision to return to the third movie, Cattrall says, “The answer was always no. I never asked for any money. I never asked for any projects. To be thought of as some kind of diva is ridiculous.”
She added that she does not remember the last time she and her costars spoke.
“Nobody ever picks up the phone and tries to contact you and say, ‘How you doing?’ That would have been the way to handle it,” she said. “This is, it feels like, a toxic relationship.”
A year later, Cattrall called Parker cruel after the death of Cattrall’s brother.
“You are not my friend,” Cattrall wrote. “So I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your ‘nice girl’ persona.”
Cattrall made her feelings about the reboot clear when she liked a tweet by a fan that noted she “put herself first”.
Now HBO Max’s chief content officer has stepped into the fray, answering some questions about how the show will handle Samantha’s absence.
Instead of, say, killing Samantha off, it seems the narrative team is going to take a page from real life to explain why she’s missing: Samantha is simply no longer friends with the other women.
“Just as in real life, people come into your life and people leave,” HBO’s Casey Bloys told TV Line.
“Friendships fade, and new friendships start,” he continued. “So I think it is all very indicative of the real stages — the actual stages of life.”
“They’re trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in her fifties in New York,” he added. “So it should all feel somewhat organic, and the friends that you have when you’re 30, you may not have when you’re 50.”
These comments are similar to those made when Cattrall stated in 2017 that she and her costars have “no common ground” without the show.
“We’ve never been friends,” she said during an appearance on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. “We’ve been colleagues.”
“They all have children and I am 10 years older, and since specifically the series ending I have been spending most of my time outside of New York so I don’t see them,” she added. “The common ground that we had was the series, and the series is over.”
Read the full interview with Casey Bloys here.