Candace Bushnell’s upcoming book Is There Still Sex in the City? is being adapted into a TV series.
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have acquired the rights to the book to develop it as a TV series. Bushnell will write the pilot script for the potential series, and will executive produce the project, along with Liza Chasin from 3dot Productions and Robyn Meisinger from Anonymous Content.
Considered as a follow-up to Bushnell’s Sex and the City anthology, Is There Still Sex in the City? is set between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a country enclave known as The Village. The book is a collection of Bushnell’s signature short, witty, and humorous commentaries on the love and dating habits of middle-aged men and women as they continue to navigate the ever-modernizing world of relationships.
“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,” said Bushnell. “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.”
Bushnell’s new book also documents different 21st-century dating phenomenon, such as the Unintended Cub Situation, the Mona Lisa Treatment, and what it’s really like to go on Tinder dates as a 50-something divorcee. Bushnell also gives her readers an update on one of her most celebrated stories from Sex and the City, The Bicycle Boys, which is a breed of New York man who’s always trying to bring his bike up to women’s apartments.
“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 Television. “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!”
Is There Still Sex in the City is set to be released by Grove Press on August 6th and is now available for pre-order on Amazon.