In case you were wondering where two of today’s greatest comedic actors are, as well as one very lovely Harley Quinn, they’re in New Mexico shooting a film adaptation of “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan”. The three in question are Tina Fey, Martin Freeman and Margot Robbie of course. The story will follow that of the journalist Kim Barker as she traverses the cultures of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The book is described as a “darkly comic and unsparing memoir, with Barker using her wry, incisive voice to find the humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak.” It’s not much of a stretch to see Fey in that role, and she’ll also be joined by the likes Alfred Molina, and Billy Bob Thornton.
Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (FOCUS, I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS) are bringing this project to light, and while the book’s synopsis doesn’t do much for me, those two directors are pretty great and at bringing A-list talent to their pictures and building fun characters for them to inhabit. If you haven’t already checked it out, the trailer for FOCUS gives us the most interesting Will Smith vehicle in some time. As far as I’m concerned, Tina Fey and Martin Freeman rank as some of the most charismatic, so I’ll be curious to see how this one will looks when it hits.
This untitled TALIBAN SHUFFLE adaptation will probably see a release sometime next year.