Ryan Murphy on ‘Sex and the City 3′ situation: Kill off Samantha Jones or have someone else play her
With so many terrible things going on in our country right now, it’s kind of nice to block it out for a few minutes and obsess over the fact that a third Sex and the City movie has been derailed because Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones) doesn’t want to do it. Prolific TV producer Ryan Murphy (Glee, AHS, American Crime Story, Feud) was asked at The New Yorker Festival over the weekend to weigh in on what is an intensely frustrating situation for fans and for Cattrall’s co-stars. According to The Hollywood Reporter Murphy said:
“Why don’t they just recast Samantha?,” he offered, adding that he didn’t know who should replace her. Or perhaps the writers should “do a different script that includes people who want to be in it.” Or “do a Sex and the City 3 where Samantha is dead and that’s the opening and the three of them show up and start their lives over.”
In any event, Murphy was confident that Sarah Jessica Parker would figure it out.
“Sarah’s quite talented and she’s a great producer and I think she has a great business acumen,” Murphy said. “But I’m sure I would be very devastated if I had created something cultural like that and 95 percent of the team was like, ‘Yes, let’s go.’ And then there was a holdout that like, ‘No.’ I don’t blame Kim Cattrall. I don’t know anything about her or why she would say no, but if I was the creator of that show I’d be sad. It’s a sadness, because people do, I love those characters, I love seeing them together, they mean something to me. I watched them every week. They were important and they were cultural and they changed the discussion of women and sexuality in our culture.”
UPDATE: I’ve floated this idea on Facebook and like it more and more: Have Sharon Stone fill in for Cattrall. I think she would make a terrific Samantha Jones!