Tina Fey to Produce & Star in 'Taliban Shuffle' from '30 Rock' Writer

February 21, 2014
Source: The Wrap

The Taliban Shuffle / Tina Fey

Former "Saturday Night Live" head writer and cast member Tina Fey found success with her NBC comedy series "30 Rock" and won a number of Emmys with fellow writer Robert Carlock. Now the two will reteam for a big screen romp as The Wrap Paramount Pictures is developing an adaptation of Kim Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle, which Fey optioned and Carlock will be adapting. In addition, Fey has been tapped to star in and produce the film by way of her Little Stranger production banner, and she'll be joined by familiar company as "SNL" producer Lorne Michaels and his Broadway Video banner are producing too.

Here's the official synopsis of Barker's memoir about time spent in Afghanistan and Pakistan:

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.

It definitely sounds like it has a bit more substance than the lukewarm Admission from last year, and Fey could use another solid film with her as a leading lady. With Carlock writing the script, we're definitely expecting some comedy, but there seems to be a strong emotional core here about the instability and uncertain future of these two struggling nations. It would be nice to see Fey dive into some more dramatic roles despite her strengths in comedy, just to shake things up a bit. Otherwise, well see Ms. Fey on the big screen very soon in Muppets Most Wanted. Sound good?

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