UPDATED: The CW is moving forward with a small screen adaptation of author Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries. The project, which follows a young Carrie Bradshaw, will be executive produced by Bushnell, Len Goldstein and “Gossip Girl” team Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz. Former “Sex and the City” scribe Amy Harris – who is also writing for “Gossip Girl” this season – will pen the series, Deadline reports.
PREVIOUSLY: According to a new story, talks are underway to develop author Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries, for the small screen.
Although HBO, the home of the original series, owns the rights to The Carrie Diaries, the Deadline report claims the project is being shopped to the younger-skewing CW. Bushnell would executive produce the series, while “Gossip Girl” and “O.C.” bosses Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are being wooed to oversee. Absent from the show would be original “Sex and the City” writer-executive producer Michael Patrick King, who denied any involvement with the concept at TCA earlier this month. “I’m not working on any ‘Sex and the City’ prequel at all,” King said. “I haven’t read Candace’s Bushnell’s books. … My Carrie Bradshaw started at 33 and I took her to 43 — I don’t even want to know who Carrie Bradshaw’s parents are … the idea of going backward, making her less evolved, is something that I can’t even imagine doing.”
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The Carrie Diaries starts with Carrie Bradshaw’s senior year of high school in New England in the 80s and leads up to her budding writing career in New York City. Her love interest in the books is Sebastian Kydd, who comes from a privileged background and ultimately winds up betraying Carrie. While in Manhattan, Carrie meets Samantha Jones, but she is the only other Sex and the City character to appear.
In a statement via Deadline, all HBO would confirm is that “Discussions are underway for The Carrie Diaries, Candice Bushnell’s book about Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years, to find a home as a potential television series.”