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"Is There Still Sex in the City?" We're about to find out.

That's the titular question of the new novel from Candace Bushnell, the bestselling author whose "Sex and the City" book inspired the HBO show. And it's a question that may be explored in a possible follow-up series about sex, dating and friendship after age 50 in New York.

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have acquired the rights to the new book, which is scheduled to be published in August.

The potential follow-up wouldn't necessarily be a direct sequel to "Sex and the City." That series ran on HBO from 1998 to 2006 and spawned two feature films, all starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall.

"Is There Still Sex in the City?" is set between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a country enclave known as The Village. It delves into topics including marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all.

Bushnell will write the pilot script and serve as an executive producer on the project.

“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,” Bushnell said.

“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 60something 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.”