Sarah Jessica Parker confirms Sex and the City will address COVID-19

Sarah Jessica Parker confirms Sex and the City reboot will address COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on NYC

Sarah Jessica Parker is preparing to return to her most iconic role with the upcoming Sex and the City reboot.

And the four-time Golden Globe winner is promising fans a new adaptation that properly reflects the times we live in.

She recently confirmed that the HBO Max miniseries, titled And Just Like That…, will address the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect it has had on the show’s iconic setting of New York City.

COVID and the City: Sarah Jessica Parker recently confirmed that the Sex and the City reboot will address the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect it has had on the show’s iconic setting of New York City

The 55-year-old told Vanity Fair that the pandemic will ‘obviously be part of the storyline, because that’s the city [these characters] live in. 

‘And how has that changed relationships once friends disappear? I have great faith that the writers are going to examine it all.’

She added: ‘I think that Cynthia [Nixon], Kristin [Davis], and I are all excited about the time that has passed. You know, who are they in this world now? Have they adapted? What part have they played? 

‘Where have they fallen short as women, as friends, and how are they finding their way? Did they move with momentum? Are they like some people who are confused, threatened, nervous [by what’s happening in the world]? I’m so curious and excited to see how the writers imagine these women today.’

Sign of the times: The 55-year-old told Vanity Fair that the pandemic will ‘obviously be part of the storyline, because that’s the city [these characters] live in. And how has that changed relationships once friends disappear?’

Time passed: She added: ‘I think that Cynthia [Nixon], Kristin [Davis], and I are all excited about the time that has passed. You know, who are they in this world now? Have they adapted? What part have they played?’

Diverse team: Parker promised the show is in good hands, as she said of the writers room: ‘It’s incredibly diverse in a really exciting way’

Parker promised the show is in good hands, as she said of the writers room: ‘It’s incredibly diverse in a really exciting way.’       

It comes after reports that Caitlyn Jenner is in talks to appear in the highly-anticipated reboot, amid efforts to make the new installment more inclusive.

The I Am Cait star, 71, is reportedly at the top of the list of potential cameos for the reboot, according to The Mirror. 

Jenner, who’s appeared in the 1980 film Can’t Stop the Music and the classic cop show CHiPs, has recently gotten back into acting with the upcoming indie sitcom Duke of the Valley, based on Dick Van Patten’s memoirs. 

A source said: ‘Caitlyn has been a media fixture in one way or another for going on 50 years. She’s really perfect for an appearance. They want new faces for the show, but they want people viewers actually know and care about too.’ 

Special guest star: It comes after reports that Caitlyn Jenner is in talks to appear in the highly-anticipated reboot, amid efforts to make the new installment more inclusive (pictured in November, 2019)

Potential cameo: The I Am Cait star, 71, is reportedly at the top of the list of potential cameos for the reboot, according to The Mirror (pictured in January, 2020)

Lack of diversity: Although the iconic HBO series and its subsequent spinoffs have been beloved by fans for decades, some of its material hasn’t aged well, as Sarah Jessica Parker, 55, said in September of 2018: ‘You couldn’t make it today because of the lack of diversity on screen’

It comes after an insider told The Mail On Sunday: ‘Samantha isn’t coming back but we are introducing two new characters, strong and feisty women of color, who will help introduce the show to a new generation of viewers and more accurately reflect the world we live in.’ 

Although the iconic HBO series and its subsequent spinoffs have been beloved by fans for decades, some of its material hasn’t aged well. 

Parker addressed the show’s mostly white cast to The Hollywood Reporter in September of 2018: ‘You couldn’t make it today because of the lack of diversity on screen. I personally think it would feel bizarre.’

She said of a potential reboot with a new cast: ‘It wouldn’t be a reboot as I understand it. If you came back and did six episodes, you’d have to acknowledge the city is not hospitable to those same ideas. 

‘You’d look like you were generationally removed from reality, but it would be certainly interesting to see four diverse women experiencing NYC their way… It would be interesting and very worthwhile exploring, but it couldn’t be the same.’ 

No replacement: She recently clarified that there will not be a fourth main character replacing Kim Cattrall’s Samantha Jones, after the British actress refused to return to the franchise (pictured in May, 2008)

Not returning: Cattrall, 64, frequently stole the show as sex symbol and publicist to the stars Samantha Jones, and her absence in the new series comes after a years-long feud with her costars

Secret feud: After years of the cast playing coy about rumors of a hostile set, Cattrall said of Parker in October of 2017: ‘I think she could’ve been nicer. I really think she could’ve been nicer. I don’t know what her issue is’

She recently clarified that there will not be a fourth main character replacing Kim Cattrall’s Samantha Jones, after the British actress refused to return to the franchise.

In perfect Carrie Bradshaw fashion, she told YouTuber Adam Glyn: ‘We’re not looking to create a fourth character, we have New York City as a fourth character and it will be an interesting new character that we are excited about.’ 

Candace Bushnell, 62, who wrote the 1996 book on which the show is based, said the new installment work without Samantha, recently telling Page Six: ‘You know what, I think it’s fine. Kim is a grown woman. She is 64 and she’s made a decision that I’m sure she has 10 very good reasons for and I respect her for that.’

She added: ‘Kim should be happy — and I think she is happy. I think that her character Samantha is always going to be an inspiration to them. So somehow, I imagine she’ll be there in spirit and as an inspiration that gives them a chance of exploring sexuality with different characters.’ 

Parker starred in the original series and two movies as sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw, alongside Cynthia Nixon, 54, as career-driven attorney Miranda Hobbes, and Kristin Davis, 55, as marriage and family-oriented gallery director Charlotte York.

Cattrall, 64, frequently stole the show as sex symbol and publicist to the stars Samantha Jones, and her absence in the new series comes after a years-long feud with her costars.    

DailyMail.com reported in September of 2017 that a third movie was axed, after Cattrall demanded that Warner Bros produce other movies she had in development, and they refused.

Where are they now? Parker took to Instagram earlier this month with a teaser for the new series, writing: ‘I couldn’t help but wonder… where are they now? X, SJ’

Famous city: The short clip shared by Parker and her co-stars includes sights and sounds of the city, cut with shots of a computer screen as leading lady Carrie Bradshaw types away

The story continues: ‘And just like that…’ she writes, referencing a frequent preface used by Carrie in the show’s narration, before typing: ‘The story continues…’

After years of the cast playing coy about rumors of a hostile set, she told Piers Morgan that October that she and her co-stars had ‘never been friends.’ 

She added: ‘This is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City, and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker. I think she could’ve been nicer. I really think she could’ve been nicer. I don’t know what her issue is.’

Although a subsequent New York Post article detailed some ‘mean girl’ behavior toward Cattrall from the other three, Parker maintained that she was ‘heartbroken’ by the falling out, telling pal Andy Cohen: ‘I found it very upsetting because that’s not the way I recall our experience.’

Parker took to Instagram earlier this month with a teaser for the new series, writing: ‘I couldn’t help but wonder… where are they now? X, SJ’  

The short clip shared by Parker and her co-stars includes sights and sounds of the city, cut with shots of a computer screen as leading lady Carrie Bradshaw types away.

Coming soon: Michael Patrick King joins Parker, Nixon and Davis as executive producers on the 10-episode limited series, which is titled And Just Like That…, kicking off production in late spring in New York City

New chapter: The half-hour series sees the familiar faces navigating life, love and friendship in their 50s, which proves to be even more complicated than it was in their 30s

Familiar faces: Parker starred in the original series as sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw, alongside Nixon, 54, as career-driven attorney Miranda Hobbes, and Davis, 55, as marriage and family-oriented gallery director Charlotte York

‘And just like that…’ she writes, referencing a frequent preface used by Carrie in the show’s narration, before typing: ‘The story continues…’ 

Michael Patrick King joins Parker, Nixon and Davis as executive producers on the 10-episode limited series, which is titled And Just Like That…, kicking off production in late spring in New York City.

The half-hour series sees the familiar faces navigating life, love and friendship in their 50s, which proves to be even more complicated than it was in their 30s. 

Parker, Nixon, Davis and Cattrall starred in the HBO series, which ran for six seasons from 1998 to 2004, before returning for two theatrical-released films in 2008 and 2010. 

AnnaSophia Robb starred as Carrie and Lindsey Gort played Samantha in CW’s The Carrie Diaries, which ran for two seasons from 2013 to 2014, based on Bushnell’s prequel book. 

Squad goals: The HBO series ran for six seasons from 1998 to 2004, before the cast returned for two theatrical-released films in 2008 and 2010

Young Carrie: AnnaSophia Robb starred as Carrie and Lindsey Gort played Samantha in CW’s The Carrie Diaries, which ran for two seasons from 2013 to 2014, based on Bushnell’s prequel book

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