Tina Fey is still making waves as a female-comic and making appearances on the big screen in her spare time, but her newest feature could be her boldest move yet. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is an upcoming war comedy co-directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa, the directors behind film such as Cats & Dogs and Focus. This film is based on the memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange days in Afghanistan & Pakistan by Kim Barker. She was an international journalist who covered the conflicts, hostility, and cultural shifts within Pakistan and Afghanistan. This film, however, will offer a more comedic take on the events outlined in the memoir.
Here is the plot synopsis:
While working as a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, Kim Barker (Tina Fey) develops a crazy relationship with a fellow journalist from Scotland (Martin Freeman)
The film sounds like it could offer an interesting take on the coverage of a foreign country. The trailer seems to indicate that the film will leap between drama and comedy and may even cut back on the negative experiences a bit. What's also interesting is how this film seems to depict the idea of feminism since there are a few jokes about being a woman in her field of work and how her experiences as a women differ from those in the region she is covering. Tina Fey seems like she intends to do the story in a thoughtful, yet comical way that entertains while being informative to some degree.
As mentioned above, this film is a risk due to the subject matter and semi- comical nature of topics such as war, cultural differences, and the role of women in the middle-east as compared to women in other countries such as America. After the box-office debacle that was Our Brand is Crisis, there is a credible reason to doubt that this film won't meet a similar fate. Some are exhausted by political films due to the tension and controversy surrounding politics and the current U.S. presidential election. However, this film benefits from a stellar cast that includes names such as Martin Freeman, Margot Robbie, Billy Bob Thornton, and Tina Fey, which does inspire confidence that there might be an audience for this kind of movie. Either way, this is a film to watch out for.