Candace Bushnell, author of Sex And The City, recently opened a new chapter in the fictional life of Carrie Bradshaw by releasing a novel about the fashionistaâs early years. Shock horror, that too is to be turned into a TV series.
Not only will The Carrie Diaries be given its own TV series, but that series will be overseen by none other than Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Gossip Girl fame. Original Sex And The City creators HBO own the rights to the new adaption but are unlikely to air it.
The Carrie Diaries is aimed at a much younger audience than Bushnellâs previous work, and HBO has said, âDiscussions are underway for The Carrie Diaries, Candice Bushnellâs book about Carrie Bradshawâs high school years, to find a home as a potential television series.â? The Carrie Diaries is expected to be pitched to the CW, which currently airs Gossip Girl, due to their well established popularity with the showâs key demographic. Warner Bros TV is the obvious choice to produce, given their success with similar shows, The O.C. and Gossip Girl.
The Carrie Diaries is to be made by an entirely new creative team, with only Bushnell staying on as exec producer. Michael Patrick King, Sex And the Cityâs showrunner and writer/director of both films is adamant he will not be involved, saying, âIâm not working on any Sex And the City prequel at all. I haven’t read Candaceâs Bushnell’s books. … My Carrie Bradshaw started at 33 and I took her to 43 â I donât even want to know who Carrie Bradshawâs parents are … the idea of going backward, making her less evolved, is something that I canât even imagine doing.â?