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.
Braff is the new Alan Alda. It'll help his bank account; but it won't necessarily mean his movies are any good.
Dave Lister, JMC on May 21, 2009
Fuck Zack Braff, I met the guy he's a fucking asshole prick!
Jabroni101 on May 21, 2009
Jabroni101, please elaborate, I'm sure there's a good story to back up your claim.
peloquin on May 21, 2009
@2, you met him or you hung out with him. Big difference. Some people just don't give good first impressions and if it was at a party or club you met him in, I can't blame Zack for being a little short or rude. Stand in his shoes for a moment. You can't imagine the amount of people that come up to him in a day. And most of them want something. Because of my job I work very closely with many of these people. They all have to distance themselves a bit to keep sane. Some are just better at it than others.
Bryanmakeup on May 21, 2009
... Really Alex? The Last Kiss was what set you off? Not that horrible comedy The Ex with Amanda Peet? I've been a big fan of Braff in the Scrubs series, and Garden State is an all time favorite of mine... But the last couple movies he's been in weren't grade A... Let's hope this is more Garden State and less The Ex... ...
Mondo Jay on May 21, 2009
Ugh not cameron diaz! They can get someone better than that!
Steven on May 21, 2009
This should be interesting since I enjoyed Garden State and was wondering if Braff would ever return to the big screen in another indie style comedy film.
DJ Heinlein on May 21, 2009
Douchiest picture ever! He looks like James Fucking Blunt.
Bruce on Oct 14, 2009
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