Funny dude Zach Braff will follow up to his 2004 indie film Garden State with a comedy called "Swingles." The "Scrubs" star is currently in negotiations with Paramount Pictures to write, direct, and co-star in the film, which already has Cameron Diaz on board. Swingles is still searching for a male lead, as Braff will only play a supporting character.
The story is about "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." It is based off a Duncan Birmingham spec and a draft written by Jeff Roda.
Public Enemies producer Kevin Misher will be supporting the project.
With a zippy title like "Swingles" and the inclusion of Cameron Diaz, it doesn't seem like this Braff's film will echo the adolescent melodramatic garbage that made Garden State so distasteful. Braff's past forays into romantic comedy haven't been so kind (both The Last Kiss and The Ex seem to be as forgotten as his cameo in Manhattan Murder Mystery, playing the son of Woody), but with all three duties under his built, maybe he'll have enough breathing room - which will make us laugh in return. At the least, we can expect Braff to craft another list of "indie" songs to make up the Swingles soundtrack. Iron and Wine, anyone?