Sarah Jessica Parker has revealed the 'Sex and the City' spin-off was originally meant to be a podcast.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

The 55-year-old actress and one of the show's writers Michael Patrick King discussed the possibility of a podcast about how the show ran before they settled on bringing it back for 'And Just Like That...'

She said: "It actually happened during shelter in place; I want to say around April or May. I was listening to a podcast and it occurred to me that Michael Patrick King and I had never talked about our experience working and producing the show. [Then we both realised], 'Why are we doing a podcast? Should we maybe think about a new chapter?"

And Sarah admitted seeing New York City in lockdown got her thinking about how her character, Carrie, as well as Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis) would be getting on.

Speaking in a pre-recorded video, played at a virtual benefit for the Central Park Conservancy's Playground Partners program, she added: "New York shut down in a way that also affects lots of other people because it's the centre of finance, it's the centre of culture, one could argue, and its silence was deafening. [Then I asked myself], 'Where are these women? Where are they? Can they find one another? Can they be together? What is their life like?' All these conversations were becoming a huge part of our experience inside of our homes, Michael and I just became really interested. And thus was born - 'And Just Like That.'"

Meanwhile, HBO Max have explained Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha Jones won’t be returning for the ‘Sex and the City’ spin-off series because they wanted to reflect the "actual stages of life" which often see friends part ways.

Speaking during a panel event, HBO Max‘s chief content officer Casey Bloys said: "They’re not trying to say that these characters are reliving their 30s. It is very much a story about women in their 50s, and they are dealing with things that people deal with in their 50s. In real life, people come into your life, people leave. Friendships fade, and new friendships start. So I think it is all very indicative of the real stages, the actual stages of life … They’re trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in her 50s in New York. 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."