Yeah, you already know what we’re talking about, so let’s get straight to the point. Drew Barrymore is on board to direct an adaptation of Liz Tuccillo’s novel titled How to Be Single, and we finally have some details about this romantic comedy to share with you. Of course, this comes straight from Barrymore who, in an interview with EW, revealed:
“This has a very wide palette that I really really like. I’m so interested in so many different types of people and lifestyles that there is kind of a lovely mosaic, like a little bit for everybody. It’s hopefully, in a lot of ways, not a romantic comedy.
People have this weird stigma [with] that word – it’s a turnoff to guys or whatever. But I think we’ve honed in on a style that will be more universal, a little bit ageless and not gender specific.”
As we previously reported, Barrymore is working with the screenwriting team from He’s Just Not That Into You – Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, who are set to script the film. So no wonder we also had a chance to hear that the two movies are “cousin movies.”
Or, as Barrymore explained it: “they’re not carbon copies or sequels of each other but they have a connection.”
How To be Single will follow “…the dating lives of five single New York women, one of whom, narrator Julie, is writing a book about how bachelorettes across the world manage. A Yahoo-sponsored trip sent Tuccillo traveling the world interviewing women in preparation for her novel; Julie embarks on a similar journey while her four friends duke it out on the New York dating scene.
The subsequent stories of courtship, marriage and romantic expectations from Julie’s travels are revealing and compelling, but the narrator’s interviews quickly give way to her own international affair. The friends back home engage in familiar behavior: the postdivorce fling, the forbidden workplace romance, the comfortable but boring relationship and the quirky pet as substitute-boyfriend.”
At the end, let me also mention that Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen will produce How To be Single, and they hope to start shooting the film this summer in New York. Rom-com fans, stay tuned!