Tina Fey’s next movie will have some Crazy, Stupid directors. EW has confirmed a report that Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the directorial team behind Crazy, Stupid, Love and the upcoming Will Smith film, Focus, will helm Taliban Shuffle, with the 30 Rock star playing a wartime journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The film is based on Kim Barker’s humorous memoir, with 30 Rock exec producer and scribe Robert Carlock penning the screenplay. Lorne Michaels is producing, along with Fey.
Barker was sent to the Middle East soon after the 2002 U.S. invasion, and her experiences as a single female journalist dropped into a male-dominated Islamic culture, combined with the daily absurdities of military and media interactions, made for a surreal black comedy when she published her book in 2011. An early New York Times book review compared her “character” to a “a sort of Tina Fey.”