The third film was canned after Cattrall revealed she wasn't interested in reprising her role.
In James Andrew Miller's "Origins" podcast, Noth, Sarah Jessica Parker, writer-creator Michael Patrick King and more members of the Emmy-winning series talked about the movie that might have been and why Mr. Big's death was one of the many reasons Kim Cattrall wanted out of the third installment.
"People close to Kim believe that the script didn't have a lot to offer the character of Samantha," Miller said. "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 explained that while he didn't get to see the "SATC 3" script himself, he had been informed that the film was going to be "superior" to the first two films, which the actor admitted he "didn't quite enjoy" because of the "cornball shit."
"I really hate corny stuff," Noth said. "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. 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.' Hated it. I just hate the cornball shit and I thought it was just really sentimental and overly romantic without any feet in realism."
Nevertheless, Noth said he was on board to reunite with his cast members for the third installment because he's "a team player."
If you recall, "Sex and the City 3" was axed after Cattrall, who plays Samantha Jones in the series, was uninterested in reprising her role. King, who wrote and executive produced the series and the two films, explained that there were tensions between Cattrall and the other girls early on.
"The show doesn't exist if Sarah Jessica wasn't the blonde star of the show, that's No. 1," King said. "Kim was not at the height of her career, Kristin was under her in terms of notability, Cynthia was a theater actress -- and their contracts reflected that status. As the show progressed, the characters, everybody grew, it became a family. Kristin, Cynthia and Sarah Jessica became one group, and Kim never joined mentally."
"Kim fought and said, 'I'm everyone's favorite,'" he continued. "[Parker's] name was contractually, legally, righteously, the only name on the poster due to the fact that she was a movie star in 1998 when the series started and she did a leap to do a show about sex on [HBO], the channel that did the fights, and it doesn't matter how popular you are. I guess for Kim it didn't matter how much the raise became if there was never parity, but there was never going to be parity."
Back in February, Cattrall slammed Parker on Instagram after news spread that the film wasn't happening solely because she wasn't on board.
"Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now," Cattrall wrote at the time. "Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven't already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona."
Despite Cattrall's claims, Parker, who was a producer on the first two films, told Miller that there is no bad beef between her and her co-star.
"I'm not in a catfight with anybody," she said. "I've never publicly -- ever -- said anything unfriendly, unappreciative about Kim because that's not how I feel about her."
While Nixon wouldn't talk about the feud, Davis, who plays Charlotte York, said that she wasn't going to take sides.
"I think there's other issues that have to do with other people's personal things that are none of my business in some ways," Davis told Miller. "It's tough when you've worked with someone for 20 years. You want to have respect and I have respect...It's very hard because we were crushed by not doing that third film. It's so hard to get a film starring four women greenlit, even when you are a household name around the world."
Miller, per his sources closes to Cattrall, pointed out that salary was a big issue for the actress.
"We negotiated in good faith," Parker told Miller about the claims of "unequal and unfair" pay. "We wanted it to be a place that felt good to everybody, and if we were aware that contractually there were any issues, we hope that they were settled, because we wanted Kim to be there. Michael and I worked all summer. I had many, many, many, many conversations with her manager, where I was told, 'She'd love to hear from you.' I e-mailed her. I tried to reach out to her and say like, 'We want you part of this. You're an integral part—of course you are. I hope when you read this script you'll see the beauty, the joy, the heartbreak in it that I see--that we have seen.'"
"But I can't force her to see it," she continued. "But we did negotiate through the process, and ultimately the studio said, 'We can't meet those asks of hers. We're not able to do it . . . the economics don't make sense for us.' So, then, it's over, but that's not a character assassination -- that's just the way business works."
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