Blake Lively to Lead 'Sex and the City' Prequel 'The Carrie Diaries'?
There's no denying that plenty of people love Sex and the City. However, with the most recent film sequel, even the most die hard fans could be heard expressing their disappointment (and the lackluster box office numbers clearly mirrors their feelings). However, HBO Films is apparently still keen on keeping the legacy of Carrie Bradshaw alive in the form of a feature film prequel based on author Candace Bushnell's recent book, The Carrie Diaries which focuses on the series' character's teenage years in the early 80's. In addition, Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") may be stepping into Bradshaw's high heels for the new project.
The story comes from Australian magazine Grazia (via SlashFilm) where an insider commented on the project and the lack of Sarah Jessica Parker in it, "There are no plans to bring SJP and the other girls back together in the old format. The prequel is about breathing new life into the story and exploring Carrie’s first few months in NYC and the beginning of her relationship with an older man.” For those interested in the story of The Carrie Diaries (from the author behind the source material that inspired the original series), here's a synopsis:
In the 1980s, Carrie Bradshaw is the oldest of three girls who live with their widowed father. She is on the swim team, wants to attend a summer writing program in New York, has applied to Brown, and is the last of her girlfriends to still have her virginity. When the rakish Sebastian Kydd returns to town, all the girls in the school become distracted, but he seems to have his eye on Carrie, at least until her best friend begins to take notice of him. The action is lightweight: senior pranks are played, dates are prevalent, friendships are tested, and Carrie keeps letting boys run rampant over her. It takes most of the book for her to stand up for herself. This protagonist is clearly written to resemble her older self as portrayed in the TV series Sex and the City. She spends the novel questioning relationships; worrying about friendships; developing a funky, independent sense of fashion; flirting with boys while dating two at once; and having a gay male friend.
If the news is true, this would be a great way to keep the series fresh, and introduce Carrie Bradshaw to a younger audience. With all the teen girls loving "Gossip Girl," having Blake Lively play a young Carrie Bradshaw is a great way to reboot the series in a way. In addition, The Carrie Diaries leads into another Candace Bushnell book, Summer and the City, where Carrie actually meets series' characters Samantha and Miranda. So there's your sequel to the prequel right there! I can't say I'm all that excited about the news (though Blake Lively is way more attractive that Sarah Jessica Parker), but surely someone out there must care. Anyone interested?