The book chronicles Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari's four-month stint in a Tehran, Iran prison. He was accused of plotting against the government. After the ordeal, Maziar Bahari himself appeared on The Daily Show to promote the book. After Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari became friends, Jon Stewart started to think about turning the book into a movie. Here's what Jon Stewart had to say about his transition from television to directing a movie.
"I am a television person who is accustomed to having a thought at 10 a.m. and having it out there at 6:30 p.m. and moving on, so this is a little scary, yes. But one of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves, and I really connected to Maziar's story. It's a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free."
Scott Rudin is producing the adaptation alongside Jon Stewart and Gigi Pritzker. Production is scheduled to begin in June.
Rosewater was released November 14th, 2014 and stars Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani, Claire Foy, Amir El-Masry. The film is directed by Jon Stewart.