After years of speculation on whether or not a Sex and the City prequel would come to be, the balls are finally rolling.
The CW, home to shows like Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie, has officially ordered a pilot for The Carrie Diaries, based on the novel by Candace Bushnell. As we previously reported, HBO has the rights to the show, which has Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage–of the aforementioned CW shows (and The O.C.)–on board as executive producers. Amy Harris, who worked on HBO’s original SATC, wrote the pilot, Entertainment Weekly reports.
The Hollywood Reporter offers some insight into the storyline, which features some interesting characters with some pretty amazing names:
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.
This of course means the next step is casting, which has been subject to some pretty wild speculation. Last summer, the Daily Mail reported that Blake Lively, Emma Roberts, Selena Gomez and Elizabeth Olsen were rumored to play the younger versions of Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte and Carrie, respectively; but that was for a film version of the novel. None of those actresses seem very likely to end up on a CW show. Plus, we’re pretty sure the series takes place long before Carrie moves to New York and meets her three besties, so our focus should be on who should play Carrie, her bf Sebastian Kydd and “popular girl Donna LaDonna.” Any suggestions?