The new Sex and the City series will be dedicated to late actor Willie Garson — and his death may be written into season two, show insiders reveal.
The beloved actor, who played Stanford Blatch in the show, died this week age 57.
A source close to the show told DailyMail.com that with the script already ‘set in stone’ and Garson’s part largely filmed in July, his passing will not be included as a plot point in the HBO Max reboot And Just Like That.
But executives and writers, including Sarah Jessica Parker, are considering how to deal with his absence in the second run, the insider said, and added that the first season will be dedicated to him in the credits when it hits screens in the next few months.
The new Sex and the City series will be dedicated to late actor Willie Garson, who died of pancreatic cancer at age 57 this week
The actor had been in New York filming HBO’s ten-episode reboot, And Just Like That, which began production in June. He is pictured with Sarah Jessica Parker on July 24 in NYC
A source close to the show told DailyMail.com that with the script already ‘set in stone’ and Garson’s part largely filmed in July, so his death won’t be written into this season
Blatch was a confidant of Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw and a member of her inner circle who regularly featured in the original show.
‘The loss of Willie is devastating for the entire production,’ the source said. ‘Everyone wants to pay tribute to Willie, because not only was he a pro, but also a kind, caring and fun loving part of the show and films.
‘However any suggestion of altering the plots at this late stage is simply not on the table. The show’s script and production schedule are locked in as are the episode structures.
‘While it would be nice to have a tribute around Willie and Blatch it is not feasible, so all focus is now looking at that for season two.
‘Obviously with this loss being so raw at the moment, it will be a while before anyone addresses exactly how a plotline would reflect this.
‘Certainly there will be many voices in the room looking to discuss a fitting way to deal with this passing.
Executives and writers, including Sarah Jessica Parker, are considering how to deal with his absence in the second season of And Just Like That
Parker and Kristen Davis will be ‘part of planning what happens with the writers’ (pictured with Cynthia Nixon and Garson in June)
Mario Cantone, who plays Garson’s on-screen husband Anthony Marentino, and show creator Darren Starr will also be involved in the decision of how to handle his absence
The source added that Mario Cantone, who plays Garson’s on-screen husband Anthony Marentino, as well as Darren Starr, Parker and Kristen Davis will be ‘part of planning what happens with the writers.’
‘One thing is for sure: the series will be dedicated to his memory,’ the insider said.
Garson’s death follows soon after the passing of George Malkemus, Parker’s close friend and right hand in her shoe brand SJP, who died from cancer age 67.
The insider said Parker always ‘saw Garson as an essential family member for SATC. And while he did not appear in all the episodes, certainly his energy and positivity always lifted up the set.’
The source revealed Garson was one of the few who managed to bridge the chasm between Parker and her former co-star turned rival Kim Cattrall, remaining friends with both.
‘Willie loved everyone and even when Kim and Sarah fell out, he remained close to both of them,’ the source said.
‘He never got involved in their dramas, but was simply a friend to both.
The last known footage of Garson filming is from August 2, when he and Mario were recorded existing an indoor filming location, dressed in black suits
Instagrammer @mickmicknyc shared footage taken at the filming location
‘People may not know this, but he always told those in his inner circle that he would have loved for Kim to return at some stage. He was a fan of the show and everyone on it.’
During an interview with DailyMailTV at the 6th Annual Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament Celebrity Night, Garson opened up on his friendships with both women.
He spoke, in September 2018, in the wake of Cattrall then insisting that she had never been friends with Parker and had not enjoyed her entire run on the show.
While the two leading ladies had effectively labelled one another liars, Garson tried to have a diplomatic outlook on the feud.
‘There’s no situation between Kim and Sarah. There seems to be. Isn’t that the bane of social media?’ he said.
Talking about Cattrall’s decision to refuse a huge pay deal for a third SATC movie, he continued: ‘Someone doesn’t want to do it so things were said on social media. I mean you can’t force someone at gunpoint. But we can’t do it unless everyone is around. So am I optimistic? Right now, no.’
Cattrall was adamant, during a TV interview with Piers Morgan, that she never wanted to appear in the third film.
But Garson claimed that Cattrall had been ‘very close’ to joining in another SATC movie.
Garson was one of the few who managed to bridge the chasm between Parker and her former co-star turned rival Kim Cattrall, remaining friends with both
‘There’s no situation between Kim and Sarah. There seems to be. Isn’t that the bane of social media?’ Garson insisted to DailyMailTV in 2018
‘I believe attempts had been made but if someone doesn’t want to do it, they don’t want to do it,’ he said in his 2018 interview.
‘It was very close to happening, absolutely.
‘What we didn’t understand was [Cattrall] saying that “I never wanted to do it.”
‘That’s a little bit of a grey area when negotiations were already in place.
‘But listen, it was her decision and it was really a come one, come all so obviously we’re not releasing a movie right now, which we would have been.’
This summer DailyMail.com revealed Sex And The City fans will be treated a shock death in the opening of the new comeback series.
The ‘big death’ prompted fears that actor Chris Noth’s return, who plays Carrie Bradshaw’s husband Mr. Big, could be a short one.
Some others are speculating it could be the death of Samantha Jones, following the bitter feud between actresses Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Others speculate that one of the leading character’s parents will pass away in a shock twist in episode one.
The source did confirm that Carrie Bradshaw, played by Jessica Parker, will not die in season one.