Here he explains his choice for director and star of an adaptation of his new novel, Long Drive Home:
I occasionally daydream of Zach Braff directing a film version of Long Drive Home. Braff grew up in South Orange, New Jersey, which is where I live and where the book is set. I thought he had such a perfectly light touch in his only movie, Garden State, not to mention an inspired performance. Natalie Portman was a revelation, too.Learn more about the book and author at Will Allison's website.
I also like the idea of Braff playing the protagonist, Glen Bauer. The novel walks a fine line, inviting readers to identify with a character who makes some terrible decisions with disatrous consequences. I find Braff, as an actor, naturally sympathetic. I think his appeal would create an interesting tension onscreen--a guy you want to like, even root for, against your better judgment.
At any rate, I hope Braff directs another movie soon.
The Page 69 Test: Long Drive Home.
Writer's Read: Will Allison.