Zach Braff to Write, Direct, and Star in Swingles
by Alex Billington
May 21, 2009
Zach Braff is in negotiations to direct, rewrite and co-star in the comedy Swingles for Paramount. The project was first announced last year with Cameron Diaz already attached. The story, which is based on a Duncan Birmingham spec, centers on a bachelor who is dumped by his wingman and teams up with a sharp-tongued woman he can't stand in order to meet singles. Obviously the bachelor is Braff and the new "sharp-tongued woman" is Diaz. Kevin Misher (The Interpreter, Fighting, Public Enemies) is producing the project for Paramount. No word yet on when exactly it will go into production, but it's probably later this year
This isn't the first time Zach Braff has directed a movie - he wrote and directed the indie sensation Garden State back in 2004. I've never been interested in Swingles in the least, it just seems like another boring romantic comedy, and Braff's involvement doesn't make me more or less excited. Ever since The Last Kiss, which I had such high hopes for and hated because of Braff (probably for all the wrong reasons), I've never been able to appreciate anything he's in anymore (as an actor). I'll definitely still check out Swingles once it comes together, though. It looks like he's really turning it into his own project, which could be pretty good.