Sex and the City fans can stop wondering. A third film is not happening, according to stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall.
Stories have long circulated about Carrie (Parker), Samantha (Cattrall), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) reuniting on the big screen for a follow-up to 2010’s glitzy but goofy Sex and the City 2. In 2014, Michael Patrick King, showrunner and executive producer of the series, told Entertainment Weekly that he and Parker had a new story in mind for a third movie, teasing “…I do think there’s one story left.”
But when asked about a new Sex and the City movie while at the New York City Ballet Fall Gala on September 26, Parker told Extra, “It’s over…we’re not doing it. I’m disappointed. 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.”
Rumors swirled that Cattrall's production demands are why the film isn’t happening, to which the actress responded the next day:
Woke 2 a @MailOnline ????storm! The only 'DEMAND' I ever made was that I didn't want to do a 3rd film....& that was back in 2016— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) September 29, 2017
Since her initial response, Cattrall has also been retweeting supportive fans accepting of her decision, and on Monday, she spoke out again, telling Britain's ITV, "This is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City, specifically Sarah Jessica Parker in that I think she could have been nicer...The answer was always no and a respectful, firm, no. 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 also suggested her role could be recast: "I played it past the finish line and then some, and I loved it, and another actress should play it. Maybe they could make it an African-American Samantha Jones or a Hispanic Samantha Jones—or bring in another character. ...This is what I really believe that this franchise needs, another point of view, and this could be it."
While there's been no comment so far from Nixon, Davis took to Instagram last week, sharing in Parker’s disappointment about the prospects of a third film:
I love to look back at the pics from our LONG history of Sex and the City. I am incredibly lucky to have gotten to play Charlotte through all of her ups and downs ( epitomized in one of my favorite episodes here). It is true that we are not going to be able to make a 3rd film. 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!SATC forever in our hearts ????????????????????????
Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blatch, also weighed in and pointedly took Parker and Davis' side:
Disappointed for all crew holding on for negotiations to conclude for their jobs, and of course, for the fans. Leave it at that. #Truth— Willie Garson (@WillieGarson) September 29, 2017
Despite all the social media sparring, the possibility of a new adventure will likely continue to pop up for a show as enduringly popular as Sex and the City. Cattrall, too, could perhaps change her mind about stepping back into her signature role. As she told Scotland's Daily Record just last summer: "Everyone is doing their own thing, and if it was going to happen, it would have happened by now. It would be a challenge to do a third installment. It could be fun, though. To say goodbye completely to Samantha would be pretty hard."