By Tim Stack
Updated April 13, 2011 at 06:49 PM EDT

After both producing and starring in 2009’s He’s Just Not That Into You, Drew Barrymore has already taken audiences through the emotional (and comedic) twists of break-ups and make-ups. Now, the 36 year-old star has announced plans to helm a similarly dating- themed project called How to Be Single, her second directing gig after 2009’s roller-derby flick Whip It. “Love is never gonna be a tired subject,” Barrymore tells EW. “Being single, this one definitely speaks to me and I’ve explored it a lot in the last year and a half. I’m at that age where I’m sort of straddling a great line right now and I can see both sides very well.”

Single, based on the 2008 novel by Liz Tucillo and adapted by He’s Just Not That Into You’s screenwriters Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, will follow a group of New Yorkers and their various dating adventures over the course of ten years. “This has a very wide palette that I really really like,” she says. “I’m so interested in so many different types of people and lifestyles that there is kind of a lovely mosaic, like a little bit for everybody.” Barrymore, who is still deciding whether or not she’ll appear on screen in Single (which she says is being considered for release around Valentine’s Day 2012), explains the new film isn’t a follow-up to He’s Just Not That Into You. But she does call the pair “cousin movies,” explaining that “they’re not carbon copies or sequels of each other but they have a connection.” The star is mum on sharing too many details this early, but she says that Single, which she hopes to shoot this summer on location in New York City, is being designed to appeal to both sexes. “It’s hopefully, in a lot of ways, not a romantic comedy,” says Barrymore. “People have this weird stigma [with] that word — it’s a turnoff to guys or whatever. But I think we’ve honed in on a style that will be more universal, a little bit ageless and not gender specific.”