From SNL to the foothills of Pakistan, Tina Fey to tackle the Taliban in political comedy memoir
Funny woman Fey is set to star in and produce an adaptation of "The Taliban Shuffle." (Image: Albawaba edit)
While Afghanistan and Pakistan are not typically light subjects, Barker framed time in the region in a manner New York Times called "hilarious and harrowing and witty and illuminating all at the same time."
Barker was a reporter at ProPublica and the South Asia bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009. Her 2011 book, "The Taliban Shuffle," referred to her time spent straddled between the two war-torn countries.
While the book discuss the harrowing details of living in the region and major events such as the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and the 2005 Afghanistan parliamentary elections, it is also filled with absurd anecdotes about competing with her reporter boyfriend for stories and being romantically pursued by the former prime minister of Pakistan.
The same New York times laudatory review of Barker also portrayed the journalist as "a sort of Tina Fey character," foreshadowing the Emmy Winner's part in the movie version of the memoir.
Fey is a multi-award winning actress, comedian, writer and producer most known for her work in the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Life and acclaimed TV series 30 rock and such films as Mean Girls.
The Emmy winner optioned the book for her production company, Little Stranger, recruiting Lorne Michaels to produce and "30 Rock" show runner Robert Carlock to pen the script.No other news about casting or release date has been announced.
Fey will next be seen in "Muppets Most Wanted."
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