If we’re honest with ourselves, we know that Sex and the City 3 isn’t happening.
Rumours about the third film in the franchise have been swirling for years, but so have stories of an ongoing conflict between co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall, with Parker confirming in 2017 that the possibility of the movie being made was well and truly ‘over’.
‘We’re not doing it,’ she revealed to Extra at the time. ‘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.’
However, while we know deep down that the making was not meant to be, it hasn’t stopped us wondering what that story would have been had the fates aligned in a different way. Now, a copy of that script has been shared with pop culture podcast Origins, and as a result, we finally know one of the major plot twists that the writers had planned. And it’s a Big one.
According to the podcast’s host James Andrew Miller, SATC 3 would have seen the death of Carrie’s husband Mr Big, who would have experienced a heart attack in the shower ‘relatively early’ on in the film.
In the final installment in the three-episode series of his show, titled ‘Sex and the City: 1, 2 & Out,’ Miller suggested that this significant event was one of the main reasons Cattrall was uninterested in reprising her role.
‘People close to Kim believe that the script didn’t have a lot to offer the character of Samantha,’ he explained. ‘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.’
Noth himself told Miller than he had not read the script, but had heard it was ‘superior’ to the previous two.
‘I really hate corny stuff and it could be because I’m a little bit of a cynic. Like, the whole thing at the end of the movie in the shoe closet — hated it,’ he said of the first film. ‘Hated the thing at the end of the movie after I felt she deceived me and then I say, “Well, it’s time I give you a bigger diamond ring.” I thought it was just really sentimental and overly romantic without any feet in realism.’
So from the sounds of it, Sex and the City 3 could have been a game changer for both the cast and the audience – but sadly for fans, it looks like we’ll never know for sure…