United Artists Adapting The Heartbreakers

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United Artists has acquired rights to and will develop young-adult novel “The Heartbreakers” and will give it the new name of “Rules of Dating for Teenage Girls,” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Jennifer Ross is in talks to write the script, with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas attached to produce.

The film is based on a book by journalist-turned-novelist Pamela Wells, who published her debut novel “The Heartbreakers” in fall 2007. She followed that up a year later with a second novel, “Crushes,” that focused on many of the same characters.

“Rules of Dating” centers on four best friends and their on-again, off-again dalliances with boys. After several of the girls are dumped, they devise a set of rules they are sure will snag any man and prevent future breakups.