Julia Roberts will topline the family drama The Friday Night Knitting Club for Universal, with Roberts and Christine Peters producing, according to Variety.

The film is based on Kate Jacobs' upcoming novel, centering on a single mom who juggles the demands of running a Manhattan knitting store with raising her spunky teen daughter. Her regular customers gather once a week to work on their latest projects and chat, but when a tragedy occurs, the customers realize they've created more than just a knitting club.

Universal closed the deals with Roberts and Paramount-based Peters (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) last week. No writer or director is attached as yet.