UPDATE (7/9): Production on the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That… has begun, and HBO has released the first photo of original cast members Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon from the upcoming series.
UPDATE (5/26): Chris Noth is set to return as “Mr. Big” on the upcoming Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That… Noth will join original cast members Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, as well as new cast member Sara Ramírez.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Chris again on And Just Like That…” said series creator Michael Patrick King in a statement. “How could we ever do a new chapter of the Sex And The City story without our Mr. Big?”
All you Sex and the City fans finally got your dream reunion — sort of. HBO Max confirmed that a 10-episode limited series, titled And Just Like That…, will star Sarah Jessica Parker (as Carrie Bradshaw), Cynthia Nixon (as Miranda Hobbes) and Kristin Davis (as Charlotte York), with Michael Patrick King back as exec producer alongside the trio. King directed many episodes and wrote and directed both SATC feature films. Most notably absent is Kim Cattrall, who won’t be returning to play Samantha Jones.
According to a release, the new Max Original series is based on the book, Sex and the City, by Candice Bushnell and the original TV series created by Darren Star. “The series will follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their thirties to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their fifties.” The series is scheduled to begin production in New York City in late spring and stream on HBO Max (the streaming service is also where you can currently stream the original Sex and the City series.
Cattrall has been very public about her desire to put the franchise, her co-stars, and her character of Samantha behind her and, as TVLine points out, in an October 2017 interview with Piers Morgan, she implored SATC‘s creative team to recast the role of Samantha with a non-white actress. “It’s a great part,” she told Morgan. “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.”
The landmark series ran from 1998 through 2004 on HBO and was followed by two movies, which were huge hits with fans, although they were roundly dragged by movie critics. As Peter Travers pointed out in his review of the sequel — a raunchy girls trip that was set in the Middle East: “Abu Dhabi and the other United Arab Emirates might have issued a fatwa against the R-rated carnality and Samantha’s thoughts about the desert as ‘Lawrence and my labia.’ “
Despite the fact that all of the actresses have appeared in various other movies and television series — Parker’s HBO series Divorce was canceled after its six-episode third season — it appears the allure of returning to their landmark series was just too irresistible.