Tina Fey recently did an incredible job co-hosting the Golden Globes last month with Amy Poehler, but now it looks like she’ll be tackling something a bit more dramatic for an upcoming film. The Wrap reports that Fey is attached to star in and produce an adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle, which recounts the journalist’s time in Kabul trying to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. As Barker delved deeper into the hapless countries, her love for them grew along with her fear for their future stability. Fey’s longtime 30 Rock executive producer/collaborator Robert Carlock will pen the Paramount feature film adaptation, and Lorne Michaels will also produce.
Fey balanced drama quite well in last year’s Admission, and she’ll be tackling the same kind of tone in Shawn Levy’s upcoming dramedy This Is Where I Leave You. Barker’s book is described as darkly comic, so one assumes Fey is a fine fit for the lead role. The actress will next be seen in Muppets Most Wanted. Read a synopsis for The Taliban Shuffle after the jump.
Here’s the synopsis for The Taliban Shuffle:
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. [Amazon]