Since taking over as the host of Comedy Central’s hit news/satire program The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has become something other than a comedian who reads from a teleprompter. Somehow, he’s become a major force for change and an American opinion broker. He’s gotten health care for 9/11 first responders and even led a massive rally on Washington to speak about the paranoia of America. Now, he’s branching out on the Hollywood side of his career. Jon Stewart will be taking a hiatus from The Daily Show to direct his first movie.
Rosewater is based off the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival by journalist Maziar Bahari. Bahari left London to cover the 2009 election in Iran for the BBC. Instead of being gone a week, he was held for 119 days and interrogated by a mystery man who smelled of rosewater. Not only will Stewart direct the movie, he’s also crafting the screenplay; it is Stewart’s first time writing, directing, and writing/directing a feature-length movie. Stewart will miss a total of 12 weeks of his Daily Show duties; John Oliver will take over for 8 of those weeks.
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