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As anticipated, the CW is serious about getting into the Carrie Bradshaw business.

The fifth network is about to close a deal for a script based on The Carrie Diaries, Candice Bushnell’s book about Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years. Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will shepherd the new version should it go to pilot and (if Carrie fans are lucky) to series next fall. Former Sex and the City scribe/co-producer Amy B. Harris will also join in on the fun.

The Carrie Diaries starts with Carrie’s senior year in high school in the 1980s and continues to her first internship in New York City. Samantha Jones is in the story, but the other SATC characters are not.

The project fares from HBO and its sister studio, Warner Bros. TV.

Not everyone is keen on a prequel. At last month’s Television Critics Tour, the longtime Sex and the City show runner Michael Patrick King all but pooh-poohed the idea. “My Carrie Bradshaw started at 33, and I took her to 43. I didn’t even want to know whoCarrie Bradshaw’s parents were because I thought she only existed in Manhattan,” he reportedly said. “The idea of going backwards and making her less evolved … is something that I don’t imagine doing.”

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