Thesp may direct WB's caper pic

Drew Barrymore is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to produce “The Heist Society” through her Flower Films banner with an eye to direct the caper project.

Studio obtained the feature rights to Ally Carter’s novel early last year and set it up with Warner-based Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan. Shauna Cross, who teamed with Barrymore on “Whip It!,” has penned the adaptation.

“Heist Society,” published last year by Hyperion, centers on a teenage girl balancing school and her family’s criminal activities. In the novel, the story is triggered by powerful mobster being robbed of his priceless art collection — with the girl’s father as the main suspect — and the protagonist responding by assembling a crew to steal it back.

Barrymore came on board in March to direct romantic comedy “How to Be Single,” three years after New Line acquired rights to the Liz Tucillo novel and setting the project with Barrymore and Flower Films partner Nancy Juvonen.

New Line and Flower Films also teamed on 2009′s “He’s Just Not That into You,” based on Tucillo’s novel and adapted by Silverstein and Kohn with Barrymore starring in the ensemble comedy.

Barrymore made her directorial debut in 2009′s “Whip It.” She starred in last year’s “Going the Distance” for New Line.

Barrymore’s repped by CAA.

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