This timeline of the ‘Sex and the City 3’ drama proves it’s nothing new
It is crazy for me to think about how many of us lived off of the Sex and the City series. I for one was fed by it, especially during my college years, just like Carrie was once fed by Vogue. I know that the series and films were loved by so many fans, and that those fans still wanted more after the second film. A third film had been a myth that fans were hoping would come to fruition for a long time. When the possibility of SATC3 actually came around, people were obviously stoked.
But, during an interview with Extra, Sarah Jessica Parker confirmed that the production of the third movie was shut down and that she was disappointed. Between Twitter wars and Instagram captions, shade is being thrown in every direction via the Sex and the City former co-stars. This m0vie shut down drama wasn’t the start of it all, though. The actors have been rumored to get on each other’s nerves long before this week.
While the stars always deny rumors of any issues with getting along with one another, the social posts this week definitely point to some sort of rift between Kim Cattrall and the rest of the cast. No one will ever really know what happened during pre-production for the third film – all that we have is the social media posts from the cast pointing the blame in various directions, and the history of a supposed feud between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall.
Brace yourselves for our timeline of their beef from as early on as 2004.
The show was on it’s last leg (aka season 6) when Cattrall did an interview with Johnathan Ross, a British TV host, about how she asked for higher pay on the series. During her interview on Friday Night With Johnathan Ross, Cattrall said that she asked to be paid $1 million per episode, versus the $350,000 she was previously getting. Many speculated that she was angry because Parker was paid much more per episode, because she was the main character and an executive producer on the series. Cattrall said, “When they didn’t seem keen on that I thought it was time to move on.”
Four years after the series ended, the movie premiered. The reason the movie took so long to begin production was supposedly due to salary negotiations. However, Parker defended Cattrall about the salary stall in an interview with The Telegraph, saying, “No one should vilify her for it.” Parker mentioned that everyone assumed the cast was angry with Cattrall for initially not wanting to do the first movie, and said, “No one bothered to say [to the rest of us], ‘Are you disappointed by not making the movie?’ Yes. ‘Do you respect and support her choice to not do it?’ Absolutely.”
Cattrall also mentioned in the same interview with The Telegraph that the hold-up wasn’t all about the money – she returned to Canada for a while to be with her family, as she was going through a divorce and her father was diagnosed with dementia.
In an interview with Elle, Parker was asking to discuss the Cattrall ‘feud’ once again. “I don’t think anybody wants to believe that I love Kim. I adore her. I wouldn’t have done the movie without her. Didn’t and wouldn’t.” So why does everybody keep insisting the two hate each other?
Cattrall said something of the same in an interview with The Daily Mail, mentioning that the rumors were boring her. “People don’t want to believe that we get on. They have too much invested in the idea of two strong, successful women fighting with each other. It makes for juicy gossip and cop. The truth of us being friends and getting along and happily doing our jobs together is nowhere near as newsworthy…She and I are sick of this…Next?”
Later in the year, the female leads of Sex and the City did a Marie Claire interview, and Parker admitted that obviously “feelings get hurt” during long weeks on set with the same people for that many years. Cattrall added that the “press has to put women in these boxes, rather than show them as the movie portrays them: working together and being powerful.”
Parker posted a photo on Instagram for Cattrall’s birthday sending her love and calling her a “sister.” In an interview with Time, Parker said, “I posted something on Kim’s birthday and people were like, ‘Oh my God, I didn’t know you liked her! What? We were all at liberty to walk away at any time! But nobody asked those questions of shows with men. Isn’t that interesting?”
She’s not wrong – no one is coming up with these kinds of rumors for shows with male leads.
In an interview on Howard Stern’s radio show, Parker discussed the fact that the press has loved pitting women against each other, namely her and her co-star Cattrall. “Was every day perfect? Were people always desperately, hopefully in love with each other? No, but this is a family of people who needed each other, relied upon each other and loved each other. This sort of narrative, this ongoing catfight, it really upset me for a very long time.”
Now for the current events. In an interview with Extra, Parker said of the third movie option, “It’s over…we’re not doing it. 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.”
Then, Willie Garson who played Stanford on the series tweeted this:
Disappointed for all crew holding on for negotiations to conclude for their jobs, and of course, for the fans. Leave it at that. #Truth
— Willie Garson (@WillieGarson) September 29, 2017
Which is definitely understandable. After a lot of negotiation and back and forth, it’s most likely devastation for not just the fans and cast to call it quits, but also the many crew members who were counting on the job.
Co-star Kristin Davis also posted this photo on Instagram, with a caption expressing how heartbroken she is to not be able to do a third movie.
I love to look back at the pics from our LONG history of Sex and the City. I am incredibly lucky to have gotten to play Charlotte through all of her ups and downs ( epitomized in one of my favorite episodes here). It is true that we are not going to be able to make a 3rd film. I wish that we could have made the final chapter, on our own terms, to complete the stories of our characters. It is deeply frustrating not to able to share that chapter (beautifully written by MPK) with all of you. So we will just have our memories, but please know that all of the love and support for us through the years is felt by us and we are so grateful for all of you!SATC forever in our hearts ❤️💗❤️💗❤️💗❤️💗
With the negative media coverage all centered around Cattrall, though, she was bound to stick up for herself. She tweeted this as a response to the majority of the internet blaming her for the shut down of the project:
Woke 2 a @MailOnline 💩storm! The only ‘DEMAND’ I ever made was that I didn’t want to do a 3rd film….& that was back in 2016
— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) September 29, 2017
Then, on Piers Morgan’s show, Life Stories, Cattrall spoke out about Parker’s comments in regards to her initial statement about the cancellation of the film.
“And now, now at this very moment it’s quite extraordinary to get any kind of negative press about something that I’ve been saying for almost a year of ‘no’ that I’m demanding or a diva,” Cattrall said, as per this The Daily Mail article. “And this is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker in that I think she could have been nicer. I really think she could have been nicer. I don’t know what her issue is, I never have.”
Her saying that she has never understood Parker’s issue with her is alarming, though, because they’ve spent their careers denying any issues. Then, Willie Garson also tweeted something that seemed to be about Cattrall.
Dear fans, because I’m “toxic”, I’m going to negotiate a contract for 6 months, not come to terms, then say I never wanted to do it anyway.
— Willie Garson (@WillieGarson) October 4, 2017
But, no one is actually to blame for SATC 3 being scrapped. There are mostly speculations about it all being Cattrall’s fault, but if she really quit the project because she wanted more money or wanted to further other projects, can any of us blame her? The TV/film industry is certainly difficult to be in, especially as a woman.
Are we going to vilify Jennifer Lawrence for asking for a pay raise? Are we mad that they refuse to do the film without Cattrall (let’s be honest, it would not be Sex and the City without her anyway)? Are we only mad at Cattrall because yes, our dream movie isn’t going to get made and yes, we need a scape goat somehow? I am devastated about the news, but the details in this timeline can maybe help all of us understand that there maybe wasn’t really a ‘feud’ in the first place, and that maybe Cattrall deserves more than what she’s gotten. Maybe they all do.