If you’re a Sex and the City fan, then you already know about the drama that put an end to any hope of a third movie. The feud between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall might just have saved a major character!
During the Origins podcast, host James Andrew Miller dropped a major spoiler for the movie, which is now unlikely to ever be filmed.
In the original script for the third Sex and the City movie, the story begins with Carrie’s husband dying of a heart attack. If you remember, Mr. Big underwent a heart procedure in season 6 of the television series. He pulled through with Carrie by his side, and the couple went on to marry in the first movie. But the final film was set to take a much darker turn.
“People close to Kim believe that the script didn’t have a lot to offer the character of Samantha,” Miller said. That tracks with what SJP’s camp said all along about Kim—that she wanted a bigger role for Samantha, and a bigger paycheck to go along with it.
“They point to the fact that it calls for Mr. Big to die of a heart attack in the shower, relatively early on in the film, making the remainder of the movie more about how Carrie recovers from Big’s death than about the relationship between the four women,” Miller explained.
However, Kim maintains that she was bullied by cast and crew, and that she felt her character was being used as an ageist punch line. Kim seems content to leave the SatC era of her life far behind, but not all of the actors feel that way.
Miller interviewed Chris Noth, who played Mr. Big on both the TV series and the first 2 movies. Noth says that although he didn’t get a chance to read the original script, he felt like killing off his character was an interesting direction to explore. Apparently, he’s not a fan of happily ever after!
“I really hate corny stuff and it could be because I’m a little bit of a cynic,” Noth said on the podcast. “Hated the thing at the end of the movie after I felt she deceived me and then I say, ‘Well, it’s time I give you a bigger diamond ring.’ Hated it. I just hate the cornball s— and I thought it was just really sentimental and overly romantic without any feet in realism.”
While we’ll never get to see Carrie navigate life as a widow, at least we can still go back and watch the series. You know what? I’m going to break out my DVDs right now!