Budget: $65 million
Opening Weekend Box Office: $56,848,056
Shooting Dates: September 19, 2007 - January 2008
Shooting Locations: Fifth Avenue, Christie’s auction house, Vogue’s offices, the Riccardo Maggiore Salon, Hotel Giraffe, Bryant Park, the main branch of the New York Public Library, the stores Vitra and Diane Von Furstenberg, Nick’s Hair Salon in Greenwich Village, Henry Street on the Lower East Side, Park Avenue on the Upper East Side, Perry Street in Greenwich Village, Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, Mercer Hotel, Central Park Reservoir, and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
Additional Locations: The production also shot in Malibu, Rodeo Drive, the UCLA campus, and Simi Valley, CA. Scenes were also filmed on the same set used for the TV series: Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, New York
-Based on the autobiographical newspaper columns written by Candace Bushnell, the TV series Sex and the City debuted on HBO on June 6, 1998. The series’ six season run ended with the final episode airing in 2004. The film picks up four years after the end of the series.
-Parker as Carrie finishes up the series with these final words: “The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous."
-Michael Patrick King wrote and directed numerous episodes of the TV series, and makes his feature film directorial debut with Sex and the City: The Movie.
-Plans for a big screen version of Sex and the City ground to a stop in 2004 when Kim Cattrall refused to say yes to the project. That script is said to be nothing like the shooting script for the 2008 release.
-For those into numbers, Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie) is 43 and Chris Noth (Mr Big) is 53. Kim Cattrall (Samantha) is 51 while her love interest Jason Lewis (Smith Jerrod) is just 36. Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) is 42 and David Eigenberg (Steve Brady) is 44. Kristin Davis (Charlotte) is 43 and Evan Handler who plays her husband, Harry Goldenblatt, is 47.
-Filming on the streets of New York was a bit of a logistical nightmare for the cast and crew as hundreds of fans would show up to watch the action. Assistant director Bettiann Fishman was given the job of keeping the crowds entertained and out of the way of the production.
-Restaurants used in the film include Chelsea’s Buddakan and 202 Restaurant, The Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel, Lumi on the Upper East Side, Junior’s in Brooklyn, Raoul’s in Soho, the House near Gramercy Park, Starbucks at Astor Place, Good World Café in Chinatown, and The Modern.
-The filmmakers and Parker had to ask the Smithsonian in Washington DC for a huge favor in order to recreate Carrie’s apartment. Her desk was donated to the Smithsonian after the series finished filming its final episode and they needed it back for scenes in her apartment. Fortunately, the museum agreed to loan the desk back for the length of production.
-According to a report in Entertainment Weekly, neither the series nor the movie ever accepted money for product placement.
-Kim Cattrall’s character battled breast cancer in the series, however Cynthia Nixon was actually diagnosed with the disease and went through treatment in 2006. Nixon’s now a spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
-Candice Bergen, who reprises her role as a Vogue editor in the feature film, first met writer/director Michael Patrick King when they worked together on Bergen’s series, Murphy Brown.
-Costume Designer Patricia Field had to come up with 80 costumes for Sarah Jessica Parker for Sex and the City: The Movie, and more than 300 changes overall amongst the four main characters. Commenting on Field’s work, Sarah Jessica Parker said, “Pat Field is indispensable. We could not continue to tell the story without her, period. Her ideas, the breaking of the rules, is infectious.”
-Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) wasn’t a fan of the series before being cast as Carrie’s assistant in the movie.