Sex and the City writer Jenny Bicks will pen a pilot script for HBO, BermanBraun and Sony Pictures TV. The project is tentatively titled Modern Love and is loosely based on the Modern Love column in the New York Times' Sunday Styles section. Alan Poul (Six Feet Under) is attached to direct the project.
According to Variety, the pilot will revolve around the fictionalized male editor of the column and his family life as he endures a messy divorce, a strained relationship with his teenage daughter and a difficult return to the world of dating. The stories and personalities from the Times' column will be woven in the series' storylines as the editor deals with finding writers and picking out stories from the thousands of submissions that the newspaper receives.
Although the project will draw inevitable comparisons to Sex and the City, which was inspired by the exploits of New York Observer columnist Candace Bushnell, it will have a markedly different tone.
"It's going to look at the question of what love and relationships mean in modern terms," Bicks said. For Bicks, the project is a milestone that marks her "taking the big leap of writing a male lead."
Bicks is getting started on the script for the half-hour, single-camera project. She hopes to be able to set the editor's work life at the New York Times by name, but details are still being finalized.