New Line Cinema is in talks to bring on director Christian Ditter to helm Drew Barrymore's upcoming romantic comedy How to Be Single. The project has been in development since 2008.

The film will be based on a book by Liz Tuccillo. It follows a 37-year-old book publicist named Julie Jenson, who lives in New York and has been single for six years. When her friend Georgia's husband dumps her for a samba teacher, Julie gathers her four single girlfriends for one momentous night of New York singlehood. After a long night of partying, Julie decides that she's fed up with New York's singles scene once and for all. She quits her job and sets off to find how women around the world deal with the dreaded phenomenon of the Single Life. From Paris to India, to Iceland and back to New York, Julie finds out how to make her crazy life work.

Christian Ditter would be directing from a script by Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn. Dana Fox is currently working on the final draft. The director most recently helmed the romantic comedy Love, Rosie starring Sam Claflin and Lily Collins.

Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen are producing. No production schedule has been released.