10:25am PT by Rick Porter
'Sex and the City' Follow-Up in Development at Paramount TV
The author of Sex and the City has found a home for a potential follow-up series to the HBO classic.
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have landed rights to Is There Still Sex in the City? by SATC author Candace Bushnell, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The book, scheduled to be published in August by Grove Atlantic, looks at sex, dating and friendship after age 50 in New York.
The potential series wouldn't necessarily be a direct sequel to Sex and the City, which ran on HBO from 1998-2006 and spawned two feature films. Bushnell's nonfiction book looks at the love and dating habits of middle-aged men and women on Manhattan's Upper East Side and in a country enclave known as The Village, ranging from what it's like to go on Tinder dates as a fifty-something divorcee to an update on her SATC story "The Bicycle Boys."
"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," Bushnell said Wednesday 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 book and series served as a groundbreaking touchstone for an entire generation of women, myself included," said Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount TV. "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 will write a pilot script and executive produce with Liza Chasin of 3dot Productions, which has a first-look deal at Anonymous Content, and Robyn Meisinger of Anonymous.
Should it go to series, the project would be the fourth book by Bushnell to be adapted for TV, following Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle and the SATC prequel The Carrie Diaries.
Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have a first-look deal that has thus far produced Netflix's Maniac and 13 Reasons Why; TNT's The Alienist and the sequel The Angel of Darkness; and Hulu's Catch-22. George Clooney, executive producer and director of the latter, recently signed an overall TV deal with Paramount.
Is There Still Sex in the City? is repped by Heather Schroder at Compass Talent. Ron Bernstein at ICM negotiated on behalf of Bushnell.