Drew Barrymore Gets Ready for 'When the Street Lights Go On'

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Drew Barrymore is hitting the streets… er… sort of.

Word around Tinseltown is that the thesp has signed on to direct the coming-of-age suburban murder mystery, "When the Street Lights Go On."

Penned by newbies Eddie O'Keefe and Chris Hutton, the script has already garnered a lot of buzz, landing third on the Tracking Board's 2011 Hit List and second on the 2011 Black List, both annual compilations of Hollywood's best liked but (as of now) unproduced screenplays, News In Film reports.

Set in 1983 (we like it already), the story follows Charlie, our 15-year-old narrator (described as a "young Steven Spielberg"), who stumbles across the dead bodies of the 17-year-old Chrissy Monroe, the anointed town it girl, and Mr. Pulaski, the teacher of the year English teacher she was having an affair with. Charlie’s narration about the murders focuses on two suspected classmates, Chrissy’s jock boyfriend Ben and a legendary bad boy named Casper Tatum. Oh yeah, also all three boys had the hots for Chrissy’s younger sister Becky, which may have complicated things a bit. And before you ask, yes, Charlie fancies himself something of a filmmaker with his Super 8 camera. Don't judge.

Though she's technically attached, it's unclear if Barrymore will tackle this tale of growing pains as her next project. She already has "How to be Single" and "Heist Society" in her lineup, and may still be reeling after topping the list of Forbes' "Most Overpaid Stars." But, then again, maybe a "young Steven Spielberg" is exactly what her she needs right now.