“Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell has a new TV series in the works from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, which is based on “Is There Still Sex in the City?” — her upcoming book that examines love and dating after 50.
Paramount TV and Anonymous have acquired the rights to the book, which is due out in August and a follow-up to the novel that inspired the iconic HBO comedy series starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristen Davis and Cynthia Nixon.
Per its official description, “Is There Still Sex in the City?” follows Bushnell’s piercing, sly, and sometimes heartbreaking look at sex, dating, and friendship in New York City after 50. Set between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a country enclave known as The Village, the book looks at love and life from all angles–marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all.
An individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap there is currently no talent attached.
Bushnell will write the pilot script and executive produce, along with Liza Chasin for 3dot Productions and Robyn Meisinger for Anonymous Content.
“It didn’t used to be this way,” Bushnell said in a statement. “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. 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.”
Published in 1996, “Sex and the City” was the basis for the Sarah Jessica Parker-led hit HBO series of the same name and its two subsequent feature films of the same name. Two of Bushnell’s other books, “Lipstick Jungle” and “The Carrie Diaries,” were also adapted for the small screen.
Deadline first reported the news.