Warner Brothers recently called off the third installation of the Sex and the City movies.
Despite the other cast members who were 100% signed on, Kim Cattrall (aka Samantha Jones) decided that she didn’t want to be involved. There is plenty of back and forth as to whether she was already in negotiation, or as she says, she had been claiming she never wanted to make a third film since the beginning. She also claims her long lasting relationship with the studio has become borderline “toxic.”
Kim stated that, “The only ‘DEMAND’ I ever made was that I didn’t want to do a 3rd film… & that was back in 2016.”
Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw) and Kristin Davis (Charlotte York) both expressed their sorrow over the production being cancelled, saying they were excited to continue their character’s legacy.
Willie Garson (Stanford Blatch), who is apparently as sassy as his character, very obviously shaded Kim by tweeting out, “Deer 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.”
Okay, that’s the story.
I don’t particularly care about how the movie fell apart, but is it so bad that it did? I’m a huge fan of ending series and sequels in a decent manner. In my opinion, they didn’t need the movies at all. The series finale, which aired in 2004, was good enough for me, feeling like full closure. IT’S OKAY TO END A SERIES WITHOUT KNOWING EVERY SINGLE ANSWER. That leaves room for us, as an audience, to use our imagination and fill in the blanks ourselves.
A few reasons to call it quits:
- It’s always best to stop before the writers start recycling old storylines. Eventually, the jokes are no longer funny, the suspense isn’t real, and the honeymoon phase is over.
- The authenticity decreases as time goes on. Statistics show that the first three or four seasons of any show are deemed fan favorites on the polls.
- Actors come and go… nobody likes the new characters. It’s the OGs or nothing.
- The fans interest becomes obligation. Don’t interpret their loyalty for enjoyment. Just because something will make money, doesn’t mean it’s still good quality. (Example: Grey’s Anatomy is going on 14 seasons, and Marvel has no magic left. However, both survive because of the fans who are too loyal to leave. FREE THEM!)
Let’s leave these four girly girls in New York in the early 2000s, and not try and bring them back in the present where television and society has completely changed, and could potentially change the themes of the show that we loved the most.
I thank God every day that many of my epic favorites, like F.R.I.E.N.D.S., never went on to make movies or attempt a reboot on Netflix. When I watch my shows, especially the ones that took place in a different decade, I want to reminisce on the simplicity of what TV was able to do, and what the time period represented. I want to see Rachel and Monica speed dating in their 90s high-waisted jeans, just like I want to see Carrie and Samantha indulging in martinis in their feather boas. Would any of those things feel the same in 2017? NO.
It’s okay to leave our favorite stories in the past. It’s where they belong. Not to mention, there are still millions of new stories to discover. Go out and find them.
“I’ve played ‘SAM’ for 20 years. Am moving on & so should you. Try #SensitiveSkin my show on @Netflix.” – Kim Cattrall