After hearing the pitch Friday, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the young-skewing network is moving forward with the project based on The Carrie Diaries, the book series written by Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell that follows Carrie Bradshaw during her senior year of high school in the early 1980s.
The first book in Bushnell’s origin story was published last year and, like Sex and the City, is told from Carrie’s point of view. It follows the aspiring writer through her relationship with Sebastian Kydd and rivalry with popular girl Donna LaDonna. The second novel in the series, Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Book, was published in April and revolves around Carrie’s first trip to New York. Both books have been big sellers, with Bushnell signing on this summer to pen two additional installments.
Oh, also, it is being produced by Josh Scwhartz (Gossip Girl, The O.C.), obviously. Oh, also, what a dumb idea? Sorry, girls. I mean, a high school comedy set in the 1980s is fine, but last time I checked, Carrie Bradshaw just grew up to be a girl without a real boyfriend writing a corny sex and dating column for a middling newspaper until one day she got married. So what, exactly, is the ORIGIN? She grew up normal just like everybody else and was a little bit too self-absorbed to be a real journalist? Cool origin story. Spider-Man is like “NO FAIR, TOO NEAT!” I do like the name Donna LaDonna though. I wonder how many HOURS of work Candace Bushnell put into thinking that one up. “Gotta get it just purrrfect.” Haha. Donna LaDonna.
The point, though, is let’s make up our own Carrie Bradshaw origin stories. I bet they will be better than Candace Bushnell’s stupid Carrie Bradshaw origin stories.