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Sex and the City has had a long run in the public eye, with the HBO series' first season airing back in 1998. Six season and two movies followed, with Carrie Bradshaw and her girlfriends remaining at the top of pop culture. A threequel was in the works for a bit, before Kim Cattrall reportedly departed the project, causing the developing movie to go under in the process.
Now that Sex and the City 3 seems like an impossibility, some details about the proposed project are beginning to leak. This includes the fate of series heartthrob Mr. Big (Chris Noth), who was Carrie's main love interest throughout the franchise. The latest report indicates that Big was going to have a heart attack, which was also a factor in Kim Cattrall's exit.
People close to Kim believe that the script didn't have a lot to offer the character of Samantha. 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.
Holy plot twist. Much like the first Sex and the City movie brought the women together for Carrie's wedding, it seems that the planned threequel would have found the girls supporting Sarah Jessica Parker's character through loss. That is, until Kim Cattrall reportedly took umbrage with the plot point.
This new report comes from the recent installment of THR's Origins podcast. It sheds a light on the details around Sex and the City 3, and why Cattrall ultimately said goodbye to Samantha Jones before the project got off the ground. In order to bring the four women together for another challenging point in their lives, the movie would have killed off Mr. Big. Carrie's girls always have her back, and Big's death was the catalyst to reunite the gang for cosmos and heartfelt talks in the threequel.
But Kim Cattrall reportedly didn't think this gave Samantha Jones enough of an interesting story arc, and she ultimately passed on the project. Samantha was last seen going through the trial and tribulations of menopause and her continued single life, so perhaps Cattrall wanted something more meaty for her signature character.
Carrie and Big's on again/off again relationship was the biggest love story to come out of the Sex and the City franchise, and spanned all of the show's seasons and both films. After he left Carrie on the altar, the two reunited at the end of the first movie, and finally got married. Sex and the City 2 showed the pair dealing with the monotony of a healthy relationship and marriage, although the third film would have taken things in a much more dramatic turn.
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