The rumors are true: Sex and the City is coming back.
A 10-episode revival, titled And Just Like That..., is headed to HBO Max with members of the original cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis. According to past reports, Kim Cattrall won't return to reprise her role as Samantha Jones.
Though the release date of the limited series is still unknown, Parker and her costars shared a clip teasing the show in January, featuring scenes around New York City. "I couldn't help but wonder... where are they now?" Parker teased in an Instagram video, channeling Carrie Bradshaw's signature writing style.
SATC, created by Darren Star (Younger, Emily in Paris) and based on the book by Candace Bushnell, originally aired on HBO from 1998 to 2004. It was followed by a film in 2008 and sequel in 2010.
Rumors first bubbled up last December that the reboot was a possibility, although without Cattrall. The upcoming revival will focus on Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte "as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s," Deadline reported.
Here's what else we know.
Mr. Big reportedly isn't in the revival—or is he?
Page Six reported that Chris Noth will not reprise his role as Mr. Big in the Sex and the City reboot. But days later, the actor seemed to address rumors while responding to fans who begged him to return in his Instagram comments.
In the responses to this post, he joked to one commenter, "Well if Page Six said it... it must be true 😉." And to another he replied, "Everything changes—including announcements in the rags." HBO hasn't publicly confirmed plans for Big's return just yet.
Page Six had also reported that David Eigenberg, who plays Miranda's man, Steve Brady, also won't return, but a rep for the actor said he's in negotiations to make an appearance on the new show.
We got a hint about Samantha's absence.
HBO's president of programming, Casey Bloys, said that the network isn't "trying to re-do" Sex and the City. He explained, "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."
Hinting at Samantha's absence, he added that "just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave."
Bloys continued, "Friendships fade, and new friendships start. So I think it is all very indicative of the real stages, the actual stages of life."
Production is expected to start soon.
Production is slated to begin in New York in late spring. Parker, Nixon, and Davis will all executive-produce along with Michael Patrick King, who wrote and directed both SATC films.
The COVID-19 pandemic will play a part.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Parker revealed that the pandemic would have an impact on And Just Like That..., which is set to start shooting in 2021. Parker told the publication that COVID-19's effect on New York City would "obviously be part of the storyline, because that's the city [these characters] live in. ... And how has that changed relationships once friends disappear? I have great faith that the writers are going to examine it all."
She continued, "I think that Cynthia [Nixon], Kristin [Davis], and I are all excited about the time that has passed. You know, who are they in this world now? Have they adapted? What part have they played? Where have they fallen short as women, as friends, and how are they finding their way? Did they move with momentum? Are they like some people who are confused, threatened, nervous [by what's happening in the world]? I'm so curious and excited to see how the writers imagine these women today."
SJP promises diversity in the revival.
During her interview with Vanity Fair, Parker said of the show's writers' room, "It's incredibly diverse in a really exciting way."
Watch this space for updates.
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