John Requa & Glenn Ficarra to Direct Tina Fey in 'The Taliban Shuffle'
by Ethan Anderton
June 30, 2014
The directing duo just finished working with Will Smith for the Warner Bros. film Focus, and now The Wrap reports Crazy Stupid Love helmers John Requa & Glenn Ficarra are heading to Paramount Pictures to direct The Taliban Shuffle starring Tina Fey. We first heard about the project earlier this year, and we were already on board because the film was going to reteam Fey with "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels and "30 Rock" Emmy winning writer Robert Carlock. Now with Requa and Ficarra, this has turned into a must-see film about a journalist who finds more than meets the eye in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
For those unfamiliar with the source material, here's the synopsis for Kim Barker's memoir:
When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter—her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. But as she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. In this darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the “forgotten war,” finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak.
Fey could use something substantial and interesting like this since her big screen fare hasn't done nearly as well as her small screen efforts. Date Night, Admission, Muppets Most Wanted and Baby Mama have all had elements to enjoy, but each of them failed to really take off as big hits. But with This Is Where I Leave You on the way, the future is looking bright for her big screen career to flourish and really broaden. Crazy Stupid Love is a sorely underrated romantic comedy, and this whole team of talent has the potential to make something just as spectacular, but hopefully even more universally acclaimed.