The other big story over the last few weeks has been the feud between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall. Unlike the Harvey Weinstein story, this one doesn't leave me feeling icky all over. Yes, "icky" is a technical word. It gives me an idea for a Jackie Collins (R.I.P.) type novel, though it also leaves a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to women's empowerment issues because, well, women are fighting one another instead of fighting FOR one another.
To recap or get you through the whole story, here's what happened. Sex and The City was a big hit show on HBO for six seasons. After the show wrapped, Michael Patrick King wanted to make more money from his franchise, so he wrote SATC: The Movie. That movie made gobs of money, and, yes, "gobs" is a technical term. So, they went into production on a second film, but this time though the gobs of money were smaller. Fans and critics hated the movie. The critics have it at 16 percent rotten, while fans were a bit kinder and gave it a 43 percent. All of that is to say no one was exactly clamoring for a third movie, and the franchise was more or less stagnant. Since 2014, SJP and others have been hinting that we would be getting the third movie that only those financially invested in SATC wanted.
Now that we have that out of the way, the whole she said/she said drama started with some gossip. The Daily Mail reported that SATC 3 was as dead as Samantha's sex life with Smith in the first movie because Kim Cattrall was being a diva during negotiations. They allege that she wanted a hefty salary bump, a producer's credit, and for Warner Brothers to produce three of her other movies. Bravo to her for going for the gusto, seriously. She has every right to ask for what she thinks she deserves.
Sarah Jessica Parker is totally disappointed, though. She said "It's over... We're not doing it. I'm disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story. It's not just disappointing that we don't get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie." Here's the thing. If the script is that good, change the character names and make the damn movie. I will cut anyone who says it's not that easy. Sure it might have been written as an extension of the SATC brand, but there's no reason why the movie couldn't get made and launched as a new franchise.
This is something Kim is a fan of. She encouraged them to make the movie without her. She has stated that they could recast Sam and she couldn't give two orgasms about it. She also said that she stated last year she didn't want to reprise her character and that SJP could have "been nicer" to her. Apparently, SATC now means Second Graders and The City. Do you know how many ex-coworkers I'm nice to? Because I don't. Some are dear friends of mine, but most others I wouldn't recognize walking down the street.
All of this bickering reinforces to the media, especially the tabloids, that they need to look for a rivalry when there is more than one woman successful on a show or in music. So Sarah, Kim, ladies, your feud is no Katy vs. Taylor. You all can't sing, but you each have more talent in your baby toe than either of the two singers named. Let's not fight like children. And Kim, if you don't want to reprise Samantha, maybe don't go to the negotiating table. You have every right to, of course, but you cannot be angry when it comes out that you wanted too much and people are mad at you.