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Jon Stewart To Direct Movie, Miss 12 Weeks Of Daily Show

Posted 3/05/2013 6:00 pm by
Jon Stewart will soon be directing movies, instead of just rallies.

Jon Stewart will soon be directing movies, instead of just rallies.

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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