There has been so much back and forth over the past few years between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall on whether or not there will be a third feature film based on HBO’s 1998-2004 series Sex and the City. Well, at this point it doesn’t seem like it matters at all as Candace Bushnell, author of the original book the show was based on, has written the new book Is There Still Sex in the City?, which is earmarked as a television series as well. Big difference between the two shows: Candace will be writing the pilot script and will serve as an executive producer on the potential series.
Grove Atlantic, which will be publishing the book on August 6, offers this description: “It 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.”
In a statement, Candace explained, “It didn’t used to be this way. At one time, 50-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 50 and 60-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.”
Anonymous Content’s Robyn Meisinger and 3dot Productions’ Liza Chasin add, “It’s no surprise that Candace has written a fantastic, relatable, insightful, funny and deeply honest portrayal of women in their 50s. We are thrilled to be working with her on turning it into a series.”
Apparently also thrilled, according to the announcement, is Nicole Clemens, President of Paramount Television, who observes, “The Original Sex and the City book and series served as a groundbreaking touchstone for an entire generation of women, myself included. 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!'”
Don’t expect the original cast to be a part of this show. These are going to be a different set of characters. No word yet on what network will pick it up.