United Artists has picked up rights and is set to develop The Heartbreakers, based on a popular young-adult novel, and plans to rename the film version, Rules of Dating for Teenage Girls.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Ross is in negotiations to write the script, with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas attached to produce and Adelaide Scardino overseeing for the studio.

Rules of Dating for Teenage Girls is based on a book by journalist-turned-novelist Pamela Wells, who published her debut novel "The Heartbreakers" in fall 2007. She followed that up a year later with a second novel, "Crushes," that focused on many of the same characters.

Rules of Dating for Teenage Girls centers on four best friends and their on-again, off-again dalliances with boys. After several of the girls are dumped, they devise a set of rules they are sure will snag any man and prevent future breakups.

Those familiar with the project described it as a coming-of-age comedy with a girl-power streak.

No production date has been set.