Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are currently at work on the con-man movie Focus starring Will Smith, but they’re already lining up a future project with an adaptation of the memoir Taliban Shuffle. Per THR, Kim Barker‘s wartime memoir covers her time “as a fish out of water in Kabul, filing stories about militants, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, dealing with boredom interspersed with dashes of violence and the promiscuous war-correspondent culture.” Reading this brief description, my mind flashes to a potentially cool mashup of Three Kings and Jarhead, but Taliban Shuffle seems like a fun story with plenty of room for interesting takes.
Additionally, Tina Fey has signed on to star, and Robert Carlock, who worked with Fey as a writer on 30 Rock, handled the script. While this hints at a more comedic bent, it’s important to remember that Fey hasn’t shied away from more dramatic roles such as last year’s Admission. Furthermore, Ficarra and Requa’s feature directing debut, I Love You Phillips Morris, is a dark comedy. Hit the jump to read the synopsis for Kim Barker’s The Taliban Shuffle.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days 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.