Directors picked for 'Taliban Shuffle' movie with Tina Fey - report

Having wrapped the Will Smith movie “Focus” for Warner Bros., John Requa and Glenn Ficarra have signed on to direct “The Taliban Shuffle” for Paramount and producer Tina Fey, TheWrap has learned.

Fey will produce through her Little Stranger banner, along with Lorne Michaels and Broadway Video.

Robert Carlock of “30 Rock” wrote the script, which is based on Kim Barker's memoir “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Fey optioned the book and trusted frequent collaborator Carlock to handle the adaptation.

Barker is a former Tribune correspondent who covered the region for seven years. She arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002. She spoke only English and had little idea how to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. As she delved deeper into the region, her love for the hapless countries grew along with her fear for their future stability.

Requa and Ficarra previously directed “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “I Love You Phillip Morris.”They also wrote “Bad Santa.” The duo are represented by CAA.


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