HBO Max explained that Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha Jones would not be returning for the Sex and the City spin-off series as they wanted to reflect the “real life stages” that often see friends part ways.
Last month, it was confirmed that Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis – who played Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York Goldenblatt respectively in the original drama – would reprise their iconic roles for a Sex and the City revival series titled And just like that….
At the time, questions were raised as to why Sex and the City’s fourth star Kim was not on the slate to return as Samantha Jones, and it has now been confirmed by the director of the HBO Max content Casey Bloys, which shows bosses thought it would be unrealistic for the original four first ladies to still be best friends nearly 17 years after the original show ended in 2004.
Speaking at a panel on Wednesday February 10, he said: “They’re not trying to say that these characters relive their 30s. It’s really a story of women in their 50s, and they deal with things that people are dealing in their 50s.
“In real life, people come into your life, people leave. Friendships fade and new friendships begin. So I think that’s all very indicative of the real stages, the real stages of life…
“They’re trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in your 50s in New York. So everything should feel a bit organic, and the friends you have when you’re 30, you can’t have any. -be not when you’re 50.”
Kim’s absence from the spin-off series also stems from the fact that she’s been locked in a feud with 55-year-old Sarah Jessica for some time.
In 2017, Kim, 67, said she was ‘never friends’ with her co-star, later insisting the actress ‘could have been nicer’ on set from the popular TV show.
She said at the time: “We were never friends. We were colleagues and in some ways it’s a very wholesome place.”
The Filthy Rich star then said she didn’t know what Sarah Jessica’s ‘problem’ was, later calling her ‘toxic’ and ‘cruel’.
And Just Like That… has been ordered by HBO Max for 10 episodes and is expected to go into production in late spring.