HBO Max’s Sex and the City revival, titled And Just Like That… is already gearing up for pre-production. Though there is no word yet about when the series will be released, it appears that the revival will look a lot more diverse than the original show. The original show followed best friends Carrie Bradshaw (Parker), Miranda Hobbs (Cynthia Nixon), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) and Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) living in New York City, in the late ’90s and early 2000s. It went on to garner critical acclaim and help put HBO on the map while centering female-drive stories.
However, Sex and the City’s track record when it came to diversity was very poor. Now, with Nixon not returning to the revival, executive producer Parker and original showrunner, Michael Patrick King will be expanding Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte’s inner circle with three women of color.
“[EP Sarah Jessica Parker and King] are trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in her 50s in New York,” HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys told TV Line. “So it should all feel somewhat organic, and the friends that you have when you’re 30, you may not have when you’re 50.”
Bloys also noted that Parker and King were adamant about telling this new chapter in a way that truly reflects New York City today. “[They] didn’t want to tell a story with all-white writers or an all-white cast because it’s not reflective of New York.,” he said. “So they are being very, very conscious about understanding that New York has to reflect the way New York looks today.”
There is no word yet on casting, but with the plethora of talented 50-something women of color in the industry, And Just Like That… shouldn’t have any issues when it comes to keeping things diverse and inclusive.