While the Sex and the City reboot is just a week away from premiering on HBO Max, the series’ showrunner shared a few spoilers in a new interview.
During a chat with The New York Times, Michael Patrick King informed fans that Chris Noth’s beloved character Mr. Big is alive and well, despite rumors that he suffers a heart attack in the first episode.
The 67-year-old director reassured SATC fans worried about losing one of their favorite characters that ‘nobody’s dead’ in the spinoff, including Kim Cattrall’s Samantha Jones.
What to expect: While the Sex and the City reboot is just a week away from premiering on HBO Max, the series’ showrunner shared a few spoilers in a new interview; seen in 2014
He also explained the choice not to incorporate Willie Garson’s recent passing, at 57 of pancreatic cancer, into the script.
‘Because it wasn’t charming,’ King told the outlet. ‘And I knew that the audience would know.’
The Pennsylvania native, who worked on and wrote all the season premieres and finales of Sex and the City (except the pilot and the fifth-season finale), also claims Cattrall was ‘never’ going to be part of And Just Like That.
Tragic: He also explained the choice not to incorporate Willie Garson’s recent passing, at 57 of pancreatic cancer, into the script; pictured in 2019
‘Kim Cattrall, for whatever reason, didn’t want to play Samantha anymore while we were doing the [third] movie,’ he told The Hollywood Reporter this week.
Speaking of Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon’s characters, he noted: ‘Samantha doesn’t not exist in their lives.’
Last month, insiders told DailyMail.com that Cattrall’s character’s absence is explained by her and Sarah Jessica Parker’s characters having a falling out.
Interesting: The Pennsylvania native, who worked on and wrote all the season premieres and finales of Sex and the City (except the pilot and the fifth-season finale), also claims Cattrall was ‘never’ going to be part of And Just Like That; seen last year
The insiders say the writers have left the plot open for Cattrall’s return and are hoping she’ll come back to reprise her role for Season 2.
‘We’ll announce eventually that the show will have a second season. This isn’t a one off, this will be a series,’ they said. ‘It will be quite a while between the first and second series as Sarah Jessica Parker has a busy schedule and we have a lot of work to do to get Kim Cattrall back.
‘We all miss Kim and we hope she comes back for the second season – the door will never close on her, she is an important part of the franchise,’ they added.
Thriving: Despite claims that a major character would be killed off in And Just Like, the 67-year-old director said ‘nobody’s dead’ including Samantha Jones (played by Kim Cattrall); pictured in 2019
The insiders gave a spoiler into Cattrall’s departure.
‘We get into her absence very quickly,’ they said.
‘Viewers will learn that Samantha and Carrie have fallen out over Carrie firing Samantha as her publicist and that they no longer talk.
This effectively ends their personal relationship.
A dream: Last month, a source told DailyMail.com that production is hoping Kim Cattrall will come back to reprise her role as Samantha Jones for season 2
Hope for next season: Insiders confirmed that her character has not been killed off, but instead has a falling out with Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie
‘You’ll see as the series progresses over the 10 episodes that Carrie misses her friend and wants to repair the relationship.
‘In the words of Oscar Wilde, life imitates art.’
Cattrall and Parker famously had a falling out and Cattrall refused to join the reboot with her castmates.
‘On set, Kim has been missed by everyone. The cast and crew love her and hope she returns,’ they said.
Reunion: Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Sarah Jessica Parker are all starring in the reboot
The insider said that they were in the ‘very final stages’ of filming the series and everything has been going well.
‘We’ve been delighted with the fan response, but it does make filming in New York City difficult because so many people show up on the street to catch a glimpse of the women as they are filming.’
The first three episodes are currently due to be released on the day of the show’s launch, production sources told DailyMail.com.
‘At this present moment the first three episodes are being frantically edited as we plan on dropping them when the show launches in December, but remember this can always change!’
Breakup? Over the summer some pages of the script leaked to Page Six in which Carrie is seen commiserating with friends over the state of her relationship with Big
The source said everyone has be ‘impressed’ with SJP and director Michael Patrick King who are ‘hyper focused on making this show a success.’
‘They are staying true to the original series and the movies, but they do incorporate many new characters who are sexy, fun and most importantly a reflection of New York’s diverse population. Fans will love the new additions.
‘We need a few surprises, so viewers will have to tune in to learn if Big is dead or if Carrie broke up with him.’