By Lesley Savage
June 24, 2009 at 04:55 PM EDT

Katherine Heigl is set to star in the Warner Bros. romance drama Life as We Know It, according to Variety. Everwood creator Greg Berlanti will direct the drama, with Barry Josephson and Paul Brooks producing. Heigl and her mother Nancy Heigl are exec producing. The project, which first came to life in 2001, centers around two single people who suddenly become caregivers to an orphaned girl after her parents — and mutual best friends — are killed in an accident. Heigl is starring in the romantic comedy, The Ugly Truth, opposite Gerard Butler, which hits theaters July 24.