'How to Be Single' is Drew Barrymore's Sophomore Directing Effort
After faring pretty well in the director's chair with the roller derby centric Whip It, actress turned filmmaker Drew Barrymore is set for her second directing gig. THR reports she will be at the helm of How to Be Single, a new romantic comedy that she will also produce via her Flower Film banner. Based on Liz Tuccillo's novel of the same name, the story follows the loves, lives and break-ups of a group of New Yorkers over the course of ten years. This sounds pretty similar to Valentine's Day or moreso He's Just Not That Into You, a film Barrymore also produced that just happened to include her in a quite an ensemble cast.
Tuccillo was once a story editor for "Sex and the City" so don't be surprised if the following synopsis feels all too familiar in the romantic comedy genre:
Julie Jensen, 38, and her friends are singletons living it up in New York, but they would all much rather be in committed relationships. On a whim, Julie decides to write a book about the experiences of single women around the world. Taking a leave of absence from her job as a publicist, she jets off for parts unknown. Her first destination is France, where she encounters the enigmatic and charming Thomas, who is in an open marriage. Even as she visits other countries, Julie can’t help but long for Thomas, who meets up with her again in Bali, jump-starting a whirlwind affair. While Julie is off seeing the world, her friends are back in New York, growing closer to each other as their lives take some disastrous twists and turns.
Honestly, since Barrymore did such a great job with a less conventional sort of romance/coming-of-age tale with Whip It, I was hoping she would keep her directing career on a less generic path than her acting career. While there's always a chance that this could turn out to be one of those great romantic comedies like Love Actually, I can't say I have very high hopes. But I'd love to be proven wrong and hope Barrymore doesn't fall into a sophomore slump as a director by taking on a simple romantic comedy film like this. What do you think?