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New Tina Fey Movie in the Works: “The Taliban Shuffle”

It’s a comedy about being a female reporter in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Fun! Read More

By / February 21, 2014

Oh, this is EXCELLENT news. The Wrap reports that Tina Fey is set to produce and star in a film adaptation of The Taliban Shuffle, a memoir by Kim Barker about her time as an “adrenaline junkie” war reporter in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Michiko Kakutani called it first, when she wrote this review for The New York Times in 2011:

It’s not just that Ms. Barker is adept at dramatizing her own adventures as a reporter — though she develops the chops of a veteran foreign correspondent, she depicts herself as a sort of Tina Fey character, who unexpectedly finds herself addicted to the adrenaline rush of war. It’s also that Ms. Barker has discovered a voice in these pages that enables her to capture both the serious and the seriously absurd conditions in Af-Pak (Afghanistan and Pakistan), and the surreal deal of being a female reporter there, with dating problems ranging from the screwball (a boyfriend competing to cover the same story) to the ridiculous (being romantically pursued by the former prime minister of Pakistan).

The book is described by publisher Random House as “darkly comic,” so it seems like good fodder for Fey’s sardonic sense of humor—we’re imagining Zero Dark Thirty meets The Paper.

And now, to celebrate, here’s Fey and Amy Poehler’s killer 2014 Golden Globes opening. ‘Cause why not?!