Drew Barrymore’s ‘How to Be Single’ Attracts Director (EXCLUSIVE)

Ensemble comedy based on Tucillo novel

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New Line is in negotiations with director Christian Ditter to come on board its ensemble comedy “How to Be Single,” with Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen producing.

New Line execs decided on hiring Ditter after seeing his yet-to-be released romantic comedy “Love, Rosie,” starring Sam Claflin and Lily Collins.

“How to Be Single” has been in development since 2008, when New Line acquired movie rights to the Liz Tuccillo novel and set the project with Barrymore and Juvonen at their Flower Films banner.

Tuccillo, a former “Sex and the City” story editor, centered “How to Be Single” on a 38-year-old woman living in New York and searching for love. Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn have penned the adaption with Dana Fox working on the latest draft.

The story suggests that it is not our relationships, but our single times in between, that truly define us. The film will look at relatable issues such as online dating, how long to wait before having children, when to get married, blind dating, casual sex and the fear of commitment.

Warner Bros.’ New Line division plans to shoot “How to Be Single” next year for a 2015 release. The project has not been cast yet.

New Line and Flower Films also teamed on 2009′s “He’s Just Not That into You,” which was based on another Tuccillo novel and also adapted by Silverstein and Kohn. Barrymore starred in the ensemble comedy, which grossed $178 million worldwide.

Michael Disco and Dave Neustadter are overseeing “How to Be Single” for New Line.

Ditter is repped by Resolution.