Sarah Jessica Parker and her costars confirmed the news on Instagram.
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.
“Anything is possible….Meet you there!” wrote Davis, who’ll return as Charlotte York. Nixon, who plays Miranda Hobbes, posted, “You, me, New York…anything is possible.”This content is imported from Instagram. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.
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.
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.
Mr. Big reportedly is not 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 in his Instagram comments to return.
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.
Aiden is coming back.
In an interview with Page Six, John Corbett confirmed that he will be returning for the revival to reprise his role as Carrie’s ex-fiancé, furniture designer Aidan Shaw.
“I’m going to do the show,” he said, adding that returning to the role is “very exciting.”
When asked how many episodes fans can expect to see Aiden in, Corbett had very good news (for Aiden fans, anyway—not-so-much if you’re so firmly Team Big that you want zero Aiden in the revival).
“I think I might be in quite a few,” he said. Of the cast and crew of the long-running HBO comedy, he added, “I like all those people, they’ve been very nice to me.”
Steve might return.
In an interview with Us Weekly, David Eigenberg, who played fan favorite Steve Brady on Sex and the City (and its big screen spin-offs) opened up about the possibility of him reprising his role in And Just Like That….
“I really love that show. I think it’s really interesting that they’ve brought it back,” Eigenberg said of the series, adding that he would love to work with his onscreen wife, Cynthia Nixon, again. “[She’s] a dream to work with.”
Eigenberg did point out one hesitation he has about returning to his iconic SATC role, however: It would mean playing Steve without Anne Meara, the legendary actress who played his character’s mom, Mary Brady.
“That’s kind of heartbreaking because she was a dear lady and a dear friend of mine,” Eigenberg said of Meara, who died in May 2015. “It’s a sad thing to go back because that character, you know, [the] lineage is gone, and Anne as a human being wouldn’t be there. It’s a strange thing, but we’ll see. … If it can work out, we may be going down that road.”
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.”
Three women of color are reportedly joining the cast.
The SATC reboot writers are “dramatically expanding Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte’s social circle” with about half a dozen new characters, TVLine reports exclusively. Three of them will be women of color, all series regulars. But HBO has not yet confirmed the news.
Showrunner Michael Patrick King is leading the writer’s room, and half of the team is non-white. Samantha Irby (Shrill, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life), Rachna Fruchbom (Fresh Off the Boat), and Keli Goff (Black Lightning) join King and longtime SATC writers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky.
King and Sarah Jessica Parker “didn’t want to tell a story with all-white writers or an all-white cast” for the revival, HBO’s Casey Bloys previously said. “It’s not reflective of New York. So they are being very, very conscious about understanding that New York has to reflect the way New York looks today.”
During her interview with Vanity Fair, Parker also praised the writing team for being “incredibly diverse in a really exciting way.”