By Michael Slezak
Updated August 06, 2007 at 09:04 PM EDT

As someone who hate-hate-hated the fact that Carrie ended up with Mr. Big in the series finale of Sex and the City, you’d probably think I’d be thrilled by the joke/rumor leaked by Chris Noth (pictured, with Sarah Jessica Parker) to New York magazine that his character dies of a heart attack in the proposed opening scene of the SATC movie. But quite the contrary, I feel like Big’s death would let Carrie off the hook way too easily, giving her freedom from a man who’s totally wrong for her — without allowing her to make the brave choice to kick him to the curb once and for all.

In my mind, the brilliance of Sex and the City (at least up until its final episode) was that it celebrated women’s singledom as a viable — even desirable — choice in a world where we’re constantly told the only happy ending for a princess (whether she’s British, animated, or played by Drew Barrymore) is to climb into some dude’s horse-drawn carriage and ride off into the sunset. And no episode showcased SATC‘s philosophy better than “A Woman’s Right to Shoes,” in which Carrie’s designer heels get pilfered at the new-baby party of a self-absorbed pal (brilliantly played by Tatum O’Neal). I can still remember wanting to stand up and cheer after Sarah Jessica Parker delivered her rousing little phone message: “Hi! It’s Carrie Bradshaw. I wanted to let you know that I’m getting married. To myself. Oh, and I’m registered at Manolo Blahnik. So thanks. Bye!”

When SATC finally hits the big screen, I’m hoping the film’s opening scene finds Carrie giving Big a peck on the cheek, and saying something like, “Hey, we had some great times. Best of luck to you,” before she strides down Madison Avenue for some further adventures in love and shopping. Are you with me, or do you side with the scads of SATC fans who feel like Carrie would be more likely to swear off Tasti D-Lite than gave up Mr. Big? Check out a must-see YouTube excerpt after the jump, then state your position in the comments section below.

addCredit(“Sex and the City: Everett Collection”)