'Sex and the City' reboot: Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and all you need to know about HBO Max revival
Is Carrie Bradshaw returning with her iconic best friends to make us swoon over their impeccable wit and gorgeous fashion sense once again? Probably not, but this is something.
In recent years the demand for a third 'Sex and the City' movie has been pretty much high on fans' lists. First, there was no talk of it, and later - once the possibility was on the horizon - the movie franchise's leads Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall had a very publicized falling out. This episode had sent our hopes of seeing the much-awaited film back into cold storage.
But finally, after years and years of fans pining for a third and new installment of the story, we now have some confirmation on that front. No, it's not another 'Sex and the City' film, after the disaster that was their Abu Dhabi based flick, but instead, we are getting a brand new reboot based on the new leading ladies' lives as they approach their 60s and other possible milestones.
It was confirmed by Deadline that a 'Sex And The City' reboot was on the cards for HBO Max. It is believed that the WarnerMedia-owned platform is trying to work out deals to bring back the cult New York-set fashionista dramedy. If it does fall into place, it’s likely to air as a limited event on streaming platform HBO Max rather than HBO, which aired the original series. The release date has not been announced yet
'Sex And The City', which was created by Darren Star based on Candace Bushnell’s book, starred Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes, Kristin Davis as Charlotte York and Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones. The show followed the ladies as they navigated through messy lives in New York, while dealing with friendships, marriage and of course, sex.
In September 2019, Sarah Jessica Parker, who was also a producer on the HBO show, told Entertainment Tonight, that she’d be interested in doing “some episodes of ‘Sex and the City,'” but, “I wouldn’t call it a reboot, I would call it a ‘revisit.'” Parker had added, " “I’d like to see where all of them are. I’m curious, the world has changed even since the movie… technology and social media.” Add to that, “sexual politics and the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up… I think Carrie Bradshaw would just be so greedy to share her feelings and thoughts.”
However, in the reboot, there's going to be one major difference. In all probability, the reboot would be sans Cattrall's Samantha. Cattrall had a public fight with Parker, and the hopes of a third film had fizzled out.
There have been developing stories about the cast and who will return for the reboot. Recently, it was reported that some characters might not return and to everyone's horror, the reports are turning out to be true. Weeks after announcing that Kim Cattrall's character won't be a part of the reboot, one more character has been omitted from the upcoming series. Coming as a big disappointment for all the 'Sex and the City' enthusiasts, Chris Noth will not be returning for his role as Mr Big in the reboot.
Also, David Eigenberg, who played the role of Miranda Hobbes' love interest, Steve Brady, might not be joining the series as well. However, his rep says the negotiations are still going on. This means, the HBO Max series will see Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon reprising their roles.
All of this news about the reboot is still quite new, and unfortunately, there has been no concrete proof in the form of an enticing trailer or a promotional photo to confirm any of this is actually happening.
"The original Sex and the City book and series served as a groundbreaking touchstone for an entire generation of women, myself included," said Clemens, president of Paramount TV, in an interview with Deadline. "We're thrilled to be able to continue that conversation from the underrepresented point of view of women in their 50s and answer the question with, 'Yes! There is more sex in the city!'"
Bushnell also shared her excitement in the same official statement released five days ago, saying that: "It didn't use to be this way. At one time, 50-something meant the beginning of retirement—working less, spending more time on your hobbies, with your friends, who like you were sliding into a more leisurely lifestyle. In short, retirement age folks weren't meant to do much of anything but get older and a bit heavier. They weren't expected to exercise, start new business ventures, move to a different state, have casual sex with strangers, and start all over again. But this is exactly what the lives of a lot of 50 and 60-something women look like today and I'm thrilled to be reflecting the rich, complexity of their reality on the page and now on the screen."
In 2019, the news of the reboot had emerged with writer Bushnell expressing her enthusiasm. However, there had been silence on that front for a while, till recently.
This bit of refreshing one's memory would have been quite unavoidable, had the upcoming reboot featured the same iconic four leads from the original TV show. The last we knew of them, they were still celebrating each other and their lives in their beloved New York City, while tackling relationship issues, new parenthood, snobbish workplaces, and battles with cancer. But considering the reboot will feature older women in their 50s and 60s, even though there's a chance that Carrie and her friends might drop by to share their usual wit and sarcasm, there's no recap that would give us any hint about what to expect. It's almost like the title suggests, 'Is there still sex in the city?' or has Bushnell's New York moves on to newer, more enticing thrills?