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Did Kim Cattrall really kill Sex and the City 3? And should we thank her?

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 03/10/2017 By Adam White
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Sex and the City was a lot of things: a romantic soap, a riotously entertaining ode to female friendship, and a capitalist cesspit of designer handbags and luxury New York apartments. But it was never exactly a mystery drama – until, that is, the recent question mark that is the lengthily-gestating Sex and the City 3.

Despite even the weariest of tabloid gossip hounds having grown tired of speculating over the film’s existence, a story emerged on September 29 claiming that the new movie was due to start shooting in New York within weeks. Only for dastardly cartoon supervillain Kim Cattrall to put the kibosh on it due to her “outrageous demands.”

A source, who may or may not have been Cattrall’s long-rumoured rival Sarah Jessica Parker in a wig and a trenchcoat, told MailOnline that “everyone was looking forward to making this movie but Kim made it all about her, always playing the victim. Kim had the audacity to tell Warner Bros that she would only do this if they made other movies she had in development. Ridiculous. Who does she think she is – George Clooney?”

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“This franchise made her and let’s be frank, it’s all she is really known for,” claimed another source. “Cast and crew don’t just show up to make a movie, they have to rearrange their lives. People turned down other jobs, were in the process of relocating to New York but she kept stalling and was always unavailable when answers from her were needed.”

The story emerged a day after Parker revealed on the red carpet that the film was dead. She told Extra : “It’s over… we’re not doing it. I’m disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story. It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.”

Cattrall, presumably woken from her slumber by a concerned publicist, tweeted the following day that she was aware of the “s---storm”, and claimed that “the only demand [she] ever made was that [she] didn’t want to do a third film… and that was back in 2016.” She also responded graciously to several fans supporting her decision to not reprise her role as randy pun-machine Samantha Jones.


And despite the initial outrage over Cattrall’s apparent betrayal of the franchise, fans seemed to quickly remember that the last Sex and the City movie, released in 2010, was generally hideous. A garish sojourn to the Middle East with a Liza Minnelli cameo and ghoulish Abu Dhabi jokes (“He’s Lawrence of my labia!”), the film was dubbed by Mark Kermode a “foul, soul-sucking, horrible vacuum of vile emptiness.”

Cattrall seemed to agree, replying with a “Preach” to a fan who tweeted: “She doesn’t owe fans a third movie. The second was terrible as it was.” The actress also shared a Daily Mail story with a headline reading “Fans support Kim Cattrall’s call to not make a Sex and the City sequel”, Cattrall adding, “What a difference a day makes.”

I love to look back at the pics from our LONG history of Sex and the City. I am incredibly lucky to have gotten to play Charlotte through all of her ups and downs ( epitomized in one of my favorite episodes here). It is true that we are not going to be able to make a 3rd film. I wish that we could have made the final chapter, on our own terms, to complete the stories of our characters. It is deeply frustrating not to able to share that chapter (beautifully written by MPK) with all of you. So we will just have our memories, but please know that all of the love and support for us through the years is felt by us and we are so grateful for all of you!SATC forever in our hearts ❤️💗❤️💗❤️💗❤️💗

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Despite that, Kristin Davis, who played prissy Charlotte York on the show, has been vocal about her upset. She wrote on Instagram : “I wish that we could have made the final chapter, on our own terms, to complete the stories of our characters. It is deeply frustrating not to able to share that chapter (beautifully written by [executive producer] Michael Patrick King) with all of you.”

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While Cattrall has insisted she didn’t make unreasonable demands, her costars have yet to jump to her defense. Even stranger, a story emerged in Page Six of the New York Post this week claiming the film was due to start shooting today in Manhattan, if only for Cattrall’s last-minute backing out.

“People were expecting to go to work, it’s true,” a source said. “They were supposed to start shooting [on Tuesday]. Kim [Cattrall] was negotiating and was asking for things the studio wouldn’t go for, so they pulled the plug.”

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But while anonymous sources have tried their hardest to paint Cattrall as a movie-ruiner, it’s difficult not to feel sympathy for her enjoyably unapologetic shrug to the whole enterprise. Particularly in light of a film franchise that felt so often like an unnecessary add-on to a series that already had a perfectly neat ending. As a result, Davis speaking so passionately about fans missing out on a “final chapter” seems particularly disingenuous.

Likewise the idea that Warner Bros would allegedly set up a shooting schedule and hire crews before Cattrall had even signed on… an unlikely (or at least short-sighted) move for a project so dependent on its quartet of leads. Their willingness to pull the plug additionally doesn’t make this third movie sound all that promising in the first place.

And if a major studio didn’t enormously care if Carrie Bradshaw and Co. slipped on their heels for yet another round of cocktails and puns, why should we?

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