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Mr. Big Would Have Died in Sex and the City 3

Mr. Big Would Have Died in Sex and the City 3

Mr. Big Would Have Died in Sex and the City 3
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SJP reveals how Big’s planned death led to Kim Cattrall’s exit from the film.

Despite being one of the few people who emphatically did not want a third Sex and the City film, I still couldn't help but wonder how it would have played out. Thankfully, journalist James Andrew Miller has been conducting a thorough investigation into Sex and the City for his podcast Origins, speaking with Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Noth, Kristin Davis, Willie Garson, and other notable names from the iconic show. During the most recent episode, "Sex and the City: 1, 2 & Out," Miller revealed he'd seen part of the script from the Sex and the City 3 film (which was, sadly, canned last October thanks to Kim Cattrall's refusal to be involved). The script held an Earth-shattering revelation: According to Miller, Carrie's longtime boo-turned-husband, Mr. Big, would have died "relatively early" in the film, leaving the rest of the storyline to focus on Carrie's grief and mourning.

Allegedly, this didn't sit well with Cattrall. "People close to Kim believe that the script didn't have a lot to offer the character of Samantha," Miller said, pointing out that the premise of the movie would have more to do with Carrie's specific storyline, rather "than...the relationship between the four women."

Cattrall famously refused to participate in the third Sex and the City film, and even publicly feuded with Sarah Jessica Parker, who spoke about their beef with Miller. "We negotiated in good faith," she explained. "I emailed 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.'"

"I can't force her to see it, but we did negotiate through the process and ultimately the studio said, 'We can't meet those asks of hers,'" Parker continued. "So then it's over, but that's not a character assassination, that's just the way business works."

Willie Garson, who played Carrie's gay BFF Stanford Blatch, told Miller that the third movie would have begun filming in October 2017. "So it's been one year of just, 'Oh, that didn't happen,'" he said. "And we all wish that this was coming out and it was a gift to be given. This is going to hurt us all, I assume, for years."

The true tragedy, of course, isn't that Sex and the City 3 isn't happening -- after the second film that seems more like a punishment than a reward -- but that we'll never see Mr. Big, a human avatar of smug male entitlement, finally meet his demise, putting the audience (and Carrie) out of our early aughts misery. For your reading pleasure, we took a stab -- wink! -- at what would have been Big's iconic death scene:


CARRIE sits at her desk in a ridiculously impractical but stunningly gorgeous Dior gown and next season's Manolo Blahnik's, typing away at the same Macbook she's been using since 1997. BIG enters from the bathroom, wrapped in a towel. He is old, but still very hot.

Hey kid, I'm gonna hop in the shower...wanna join?

CARRIE barely looks up, so engrossed in teaching a new generation of women how to obsess over men.

I need to finish this chapter, but maybe after you're clean we can-

She wiggles her eyebrows, smirking. It's all very HBO.


He exits into the bathroom as Carrie resumes typing. The camera pans lovingly over her shoes, but in an ominous way.

Can domestic bliss drive you out of your mind? Can perfection ever be too perfect? What do you do when you have everything you want? I couldn't help but wonder, what comes after happily ever after?

From the bathroom, there's a loud thud.

BIG (offscreen)


CARRIE turns her head towards the bathroom in slo-mo, her blonde curls bouncing. As John Williams' mournful take on the Sex and the City theme song plays in the background, she runs into the bathroom. Wrenching open the shower door, CARRIE collapses over the body of her one true love, the tulle of her couture gown crumpling under the -- incredible for Manhattan -- water pressure.

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