Tina Fey to Star in Film Adaptation of Wartime Memoir THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has just picked up the rights to Kim Barker's memoir THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE, with Tina Fey attached to star. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE's Lorne Michaels will produce alongside Fey. 30 ROCK writer Robert Carlock will pen the script.
The film "tells of Barker's arrival as a fish-out-of-water in Kabul, filing stories about militants, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, dealing with boredom interspersed with dashes of violence and the promiscuous war correspondent culture."
Fey served executive producer, head writer and star of NBC's three-time (2007, 2008, 2009) Emmy Award-winning, one-of-a-kind comedy series "30 Rock," a workplace comedy where the workplace exists behind-the-scenes of a live variety show. Her performance as 'Liz Lemon' has earned Fey an Emmy, two Golden Globes, three SAG Awards and a People's Choice Award. In 2009, "30 Rock" was nominated for a record 22 Emmy Awards, the most ever of any comedy series on television in a single season. "30 Rock" premiered on October 4 and as it begins its final and seventh season.
Prior to creating "30 Rock," Fey completed nine seasons on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" with roles as head writer, cast member and co-anchor of the "Weekend Update" segment. Fey is an Emmy winner and two-time Writers Guild Award winner for her writing on "Saturday Night Live" and won an Emmy in 2009 for Guest Appearance by an Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Sarah Palin on the 2008-09 season of "SNL."
Fey expanded to feature films in spring 2004 as both a screenwriter and an actress in the hit comedy "Mean Girls," which earned her a nomination for a Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. On the big screen, Fey starred opposite Poehler in the film "Baby Mama" for Universal Pictures. In 2010, Fey starred in the 20th Century Fox's film "Date Night" opposite Steve Carell and was a featured voice in the Dreamworks animated film "Megamind." In April 2011, Fey released her first book, entitled "Bossypants," which topped the New York Times best seller list where it still remains. "Bossypants" also earned a Grammy nomination for best audio book of the year and won the prestigious Audie Award for Book of the Year in 2012. "Bossypants" was released in paperback in January 2012 and has sold over 1.5 million copies thus far.
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