Tim Stack
April 15, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

After exec-producing and starring in 2009’s He’s Just Not That Into You, Drew Barrymore has announced plans to helm another dating-themed project, called How to Be Single. ”Love is never gonna be a tired subject,” says the 36-year-old star, who made her directing debut with 2009’s roller-derby comedy Whip It. ”Being single, this one definitely speaks to me, and I’ve explored it a lot in the last year and a half.” Single, based on the 2008 novel by Liz Tuccillo and adapted by He’s Just Not That Into You screenwriters Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, will follow a group of New Yorkers and their dating adventures over the course of 10 years. ”This has a very wide palette that I really like,” says Barrymore. ”There is kind of a lovely mosaic.” While she’s still deciding whether she’ll act in Single — which she plans to shoot this summer in New York City — the actress does know she wants the movie to appeal to both sexes. ”It’s hopefully, in a lot of ways, not a romantic comedy,” she says. ”People have this weird stigma [with] that word. But I think we’ve honed in on a style that will be more universal, a little bit ageless and not gender specific.”

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