Zach Braff Remaking Open Hearts

March 2, 2006

braffhearts.jpgZach Braff has announced that his directorial follow-up to the indie success Garden State will be a remake of the Danish film Open Hearts. While Braff may make some changes, the original plot, according to the IMDB, is as follows:

Cecilie is devastated when her fiance Joachim is seriously injured in a car accident and is paralysed from the waist down. She begins an affair with Niels, a doctor at the hospital where Joachim is being treated. Their relationship is further complicated by the fact that the doctor's wife Marie was the driver that caused the accident in the first place.

The story sounds really interesting, but kind of heavy for Braff, whose Garden State mixed drama with light-hearted humor, so I'd like to help him add that quirky touch with a simple idea. Make the film with dogs. You're going to think this is crazy, but think about it. Which is quirkier: a man tragically paralyzed from the waist down, or a dog, wheels on his hindquarters, one of those cones around his head, chasing after a ball? Would you rather see a woman driving a car into a man, terrified that she's destroyed a life, or a dog, driving a special little dog car, with an expression that kind of says, "What am I doing driving a car??" And best of all, when the affair begins, instead of seeing humans passionately betray their spouses, you've got these dogs going at it, with Bob Saget doing that high-pitched voice from America's Funniest Home Videos, saying something about doggy-style. Just think about it, Zach.

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