If you couldn’t help but wonder whether there could ever be a Sex and the City follow-up on television, the answer is now yes.
Paramount TV and Anonymous Content announced Wednesday that they’ve picked up the rights to Is There Still Sex in the City?, Candace Bushnell‘s forthcoming nonfiction book that looks at sex, dating, and friendship for women over 50 in New York. The new book will not feature the same characters as her 1996 title, which served as the source material for the groundbreaking HBO series.
“The original Sex and the City book and series served as a groundbreaking touchstone for an entire generation of women, myself included,” said Nicole Clemens, President of Paramount Television, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be able to continue that conversation from the underrepresented point of view of women in their 50s and answer the question with, ‘Yes! There is more sex in the city!’”
Bushnell’s new book will be published in August by Grove Atlantic. The potential series is not styled as a direct follow-up to Sex and the City, as it traces the dating habits of middle-aged people on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, tackling everything from Tinder dates to casual sex over fifty. The book is a piercing, sometimes heartbreaking look at marriage, children, divorce and society’s pressure on women to maintain their youth.
“It didn’t used to be this way. At one time, fifty something meant the beginning of retirement—working less, spending more time on your hobbies, with your friends, who like you were sliding into a more leisurely lifestyle,” said Bushnell in a statement. “In short, retirement age folks weren’t meant to do much of anything but get older and a bit heavier. They weren’t expected to exercise, start new business ventures, move to a different state, have casual sex with strangers, and start all over again. But this is exactly what the lives of a lot of fifty- and sixty something women look like today and I’m thrilled to be reflecting the rich, complexity of their reality on the page and now on the screen.”
The original Sex and the City broke new ground with its depiction of sex, desire, and female friendship, running on HBO from 1998-2006 and spawning two feature films (a third was in the works until Kim Cattrall reportedly nixed the idea). Bushnell is attached to write the pilot script and executive produce along with Liza Chasin from 3dot Productions and Robyn Meisinger from Anonymous Content. This would potentially mark her fourth book to become a television series after Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, and The CW’s SATC prequel The Carrie Diaries.
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