Zach Braff Planning to Finally Direct 'Swingles' Sometime Soon

July 26, 2010
Source: TimeOutNY

Zach Braff

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.

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Braff is a very talented director, Garden State is a personal favorite which made me stop watching Scrubs due to the fact that Largeman was so different from J.D. took me like 3 months just to watch an episode of Scrubs after watching that film, and Swingles just sounds awesome!

Xerxex on Jul 26, 2010


i loved garden state. swingles sounds good, but NOT CD.................if they need a sharp tongued female lead - how about Janeane Garofalo or ellen page? any thoughts on the female lead?

beavis on Jul 26, 2010


@beavis what about Hathaway or lets say Sarah Chalke? I'd love to see her work with Braff again.

Xerxex on Jul 26, 2010


Just chiming in to say that Garden State is a very important film to me as well.

peloquin on Jul 26, 2010


oh, wow. i've spent all this time thinking he directed The Last Kiss. good to know he didn't. now i can say i'm excited for this film!

crumb on Jul 26, 2010


xerxex, sarah chalke........YES! loved her in i've yet to see her in a role that i thought she did really well.

beavis on Jul 26, 2010


Hathaway's greatest role has to be in Rachel Getting Married, I think she's a great actress it's just the roles she gets aren't that good. Havoc isn't that bad either and you get to see JGL acting like a thugalug.

Ken on Jul 26, 2010


give her time beavis I'm sure she will surprise you one day. Chalke would be amazing to see again, last think I saw her in film wise was Chaos Theory with Ryan Reynolds.

Xerxex on Jul 26, 2010


ok, ok........first #7 - ken i never seen RGM but i just put it on my netflix instant watch....the movie summary sounds very good, so i'll see how she soes with that. as far as havoc, i didn't like it - when i watched it, i couldn't help but compare it to "thirteen", which i thought was a much better movie with a superior cast........once i've seen RGM, i'll let you know how i liked it when i see you posting somewhere. thanks for the suggestion. xerxex - i'm going to see the RGM which ken mentioned at #7. i wouldn't say chaos theory is a good example of one of her movies - her part was minor....... and (at first) i didn't even remember her being in that. i remembered emily mortimer and her very entertaining portrayal of the wife and absolutely loved sarah chalke as the party girl. but guys - when you think "sharp-tongued female" - do you really thinkhathaway? i still think Janeane Garofalo or ellen page are perfect for the role. (i realize they aren't sexy, glam actresses - *and garofalo is more of a comedian*, but there is more to acting than that) how about abbie cornish? great actress and young enough to play the part. as a side note - in their younger days, jenifer jason leigh or holly hunter would have been good for the role too........and is it just me, or does JJL get better looking as she gets older?

beavis on Jul 27, 2010


beavis as for Garofalo and Page I would love to see either one of them in this role, as for Jennifer Jason Leigh you are right she's aging rather well. As for Ken's suggestion on RGM to be honest I didn't care for the film, which is odd because she got rave reviews for her role (Her performance was fine, but the plot wasn't all too great, at least to me, you may like it) I just like Hathaway based on HER in general...odd I know.

Xerxex on Jul 27, 2010


it's not odd - every one of us has our own unique tastes......... i just don't happen to think she's a very good actress. i'll give RGM a look and let you know what i think (since it's on instant-watch i've got nothing to lose). my response will probably be in the form of an "oh, by the way" in anohther different thread - good discussion! and i'll see you later.

beavis on Jul 28, 2010


I haven't seen Garden State since it was released on dvd, but I hated it at the time. I don't imagine I'd feel differently if I were to rewatch it, since I had a much more favorable opinion of Zach Braff back then than I do now.

Craig on Jul 28, 2010

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