Zach Braff Planning to Finally Direct 'Swingles' Sometime Soon
Over a year ago, we got word that Zach Braff would make a return to the director's chair for the first time since his directorial debut with the 2004 indie Garden State. Now that his involvement with the hit series "Scrubs" is over (not to mention the series itself) Braff looks to finally be following through on this year old news as TimeOutNY (via The Playlist) spoke with the actor and learned that he's looking to direct Swingles soon. The film's story follows 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. No word if Cameron Diaz is still attached to this anymore.
Apparently Braff has tried to get a couple projects off the ground since Garden State, but nothing ever came to fruition. In addition to directing Swingles, he's also working on writing a new script. Braff told TimeOut:
"There were a couple times I tried to put together a movie, and for one delicious Hollywood reason or another, they never came to fruition. But I'm hoping to direct 'Swingles' soon. And I'm in the midst of [writing] my first original [screenplay] since 'Garden State.' It's too early for me to talk about the plot, but that's something more in the 'Garden State' oeuvre. 'Garden State' was very personal, and it was more than I want to take on every time. I'm not going to pontificate about the state of twentysomethings or thirtysomethings every time I make a movie."
Braff was also brought on to re-write the Swingles script, but unlike his turn as writer/director on Garden State, he would only have a supporting role. This seems like a rather generic romantic comedy, but perhaps Braff can bring something interesting to the project. There are some who contend that Garden State hasn't aged well and turned into a pretentious, precocious indie that should be forgotten. However, I still consider the film one of my personal favorites containing a story that really stuck a chord with me, not to mention its amazing soundtrack and beautiful cinematography. Honestly, I'd really like to see Braff do some straight up comedies rather than something like this. But stay tuned for updates on Swingles and Braff's other projects.