After her directorial debut with Whip It in 2009, it was hard to tell if Drew Barrymore would continue to work behind the camera, or if the film was just a one-off. Some actors merely dabble. But Barrymore is returning to the director’s chair for How to Be Single, according to The Hollywood Reporter.The film is based on the book by Liz Tuccillo of the same name that follows an ensemble of players who go through relationship drama over the course of ten years. This looks to be a go project as the script is ready, which was written by Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn.

The film that THR compares this most to is He’s Just Not That Into You, which was also produced by Barrymore and her producing partner Nancy Juvonen, and written by the same scribes, and also released by New Line. New Line also handled the Barrymore-starring Going the Distance – which underperformed last September – but they also handled Valentine’s Day, which THR also points out. Valentine’s Day came out in early February and made $110 domestic, Not That Into You came out in the same period and made over $90.

An ensemble romantic dramedy following those footsteps tends to do in the number of a hundred million with a February release date, so expect this to get fast-tracked, and feature a number of famous faces and some TV stars to give it the above-the-title interest for both men and women. These casts come across as a hodge-podge partly by design (wider net appeal) and partly because of scheduling. If the script is done, it’s likely this will be a 2012 February release.

Do you like watching Romantic Comedies on Valentine’s Day?