Ready or not, the Sex and the City revival is coming your way! The limited series titled And Just Like That, will follow Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) as they navigate life in the city as women in their 50s. While longtime fans were excited to hear about a spinoff of the hit '90s series, their feelings quickly changed when it became apparent that Kim Cattrall's Samantha Jones would not return.
Following the announcement of the reboot, Parker confirmed that Cattrall would not be part of the limited series when replying to a fan's comment about their rumoured feud. "No. I don't dislike her. I've never said that. Never would," the actor stated. "Samantha isn't part of this story. But she will always be part of us. No matter where we are or what we do. X."
Back in February, HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys further detailed how Samantha would be written out of the story, insinuating that she simply drifted apart from Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda over the years. "They're not trying to say that these characters are reliving their 30s. It is very much a story about women in their 50s, and they are dealing with things that people deal with in their 50s," Bloys told TVLine. "Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave. Friendships fade, and new friendships start. 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 50s in New York. 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."
Fans weren't happy to hear about Cattrall's absence from the upcoming revival, and despite what feuds may be taking place in real life, Davis assures fans that animosity will not be reflected on the show. "We love Samantha," she said during an appearance on the Today show. "Samantha is never not going to be a part in some way, so there is respect for Samantha. It's part of the story. We'd never disrespect Samantha."
Over the years, Cattrall has made her opinions about the franchise very well known. After plans for a third Sex and the City movie were scrapped in 2017, Cattrall expressed that she has no interest in playing Samantha again. "Me playing her, that I can assure you will never happen," she told CNN back in 2018. "For me it's over, it's over with no regrets." She added: "I've moved on, this is what my 60s are about, they're about me making decisions for me, not my career, for me. And that feels frickin' fantastic."
That being said, longtime fans have doubts about how the reboot will turn out with Samantha as part of the iconic friend group. I mean, what is Sex and the City without the core four ladies? Not to mention, Samantha is an undeniable fan favourite for her outspoken personality and love of dating. "Samantha Jones is the heart of Sex and the City," one fan wrote on Twitter, while another quipped: "There is no SEX and the City without Samantha: she was repping both. And she did it like the [badass] she was."
Another key point made by fans: do we even need another Sex and the City revival? Sure, the series has a huge fanbase and will likely garner plenty of subscribers for HBO Max, but we've already had two additional movies. While the 2008 film was a commercial success, its 2010 follow-up failed to live up to the same hype. Sources say the script for the third film was, uh, interesting, to say the least. If the writers are able to continue the story in a compelling and entertaining way for fans, then more power to them. If not, fans can always rewatch the original in all of its greatness on HBO Max.
The new series premieres on Sky Comedy and on NOW from 9. Dec.