Drew Barrymore has said her next directing project How To be Single will not be a rom com, as that can be a turn-off for male audiences.
The Golden Globe-winning actress - who made her directorial debut in 2009 with Whip It - will direct the big-screen adaptation of Liz Tuccillo's novel of the same name, exploring the love lives and break-ups of a group of New Yorkers over ten years.
Drew told Entertainment Weely: "It's hopefully, in a lot of ways, not a romantic comedy."
She went on: "People have this weird stigma [with] that word - it's a turn-off 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."
The film is being scripted by Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, who wrote the screenplay for He's Just Not That Into You, a rom com based on a self help book which had Drew among the ensemble cast.
The Going The Distance star said of her new project: "This has a very wide palette that I really really like. 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."
Drew will also produce the movie with Flower Films partner Nancy Juvonen.