‘Sex and the City’: Kim Cattrall Had To Wait Until She Was ‘Strong Enough To Revisit Samantha’ To Do the First Movie

A revival of the famed TV show Sex and the City is coming to HBO Max. The reboot will star Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis in their original roles. However, Kim Cattrall will not return to play Samantha Jones in the Sex and the City reboot.

News of the revival has fans revisiting the original HBO series that aired from 1998 to 2004 along with the two movies that followed. In an interview with Marie Claire, Cattrall once said that in order to come back for the first movie she had to wait until she was “strong enough to revisit Samantha.”

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There were rumored feuds on ‘Sex and the City’

Throughout filming for the original Sex and the City series and the two subsequent movies, rumors spread that Cattrall and Parker did not get along.

In 2008, the main cast of the TV series returned for the first movie titled Sex and the City. Marie Claire interviewed the cast and production about reuniting for the movie.

When asked about feuds between actors, Sex and the City creator Darren Star replied, “I think you have to draw the line between what’s happening in gossip columns and what’s happening on a set. You can’t create that kind of chemistry. When you do a series for so many years, you can’t fake it completely.”

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Kim Cattrall needed time to return to ‘Sex and the City’

Leading up to the 2008 movie, it was also rumored that Cattrall was the cast member who resisted returning the longest. When asked why she did not want to make a movie right after the series ended, Cattrall gave an explanation.

“Four years ago I was going through a painful public divorce, the series was coming to an end, and my father was diagnosed with dementia. I felt it was time to be with my real family,” she said.

After some time passed, Cattrall felt ready to reunite with the cast and return to playing her famous character.

“A year-and-a-half ago, when I was sent the script, I was ready and strong enough to revisit Samantha,” Cattrall told Marie Claire. “In some ways, I’m glad we waited. The script and the experience of making the movie was the best possible reunion.”

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What is known about the ‘Sex and the City’ revival

On Jan. 10, HBO Max confirmed a revival of Sex and the City was officially in the works. Parker, Davis, and Nixon published a trailer for the upcoming reboot on Instagram.

In the trailer, shots of New York City are shown along with a computer screen reading the phrases  “And just like that…” and “The story continues.” Like she did in previous iterations of the show, Parker provided a voiceover as Carrie Bradshaw in the trailer.

According to Variety, “The revival will follow Carrie Bradshaw (Parker), Charlotte York (Davis) and Miranda Hobbes (Nixon) as they navigate love and friendship in their 50s. The series will consist of 10 half-hour episodes and is set to begin production in New York City in late spring.”