The HBO Max series was confirmed last month, with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon all returning as their respective characters Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York and Miranda Hobbes.
While we don't know quite how Samantha will be written out of the series, HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys has hinted that its exploration of the characters' lives in their 50s and friendships simply fizzling out may go some way to explaining her absence.
Revealing to TVLine that they're "not trying to re-do Sex and the City", he added: "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.
"Just as 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."
Bloys also revealed that Parker and writer Michael Patrick King "didn't want to tell a story with all-white writers or an all-white cast".
He added of the increased focus on diversity: "It's not reflective of New York. So they are being very, very conscious about understanding that New York has to reflect the way New York looks today."
And Just Like That is set to consist of 10 half-hour episodes, with production planned to start later this year.
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