With another election year come and gone, Jon Stewart is taking a break from The Daily Show to make his feature directorial debut. The host/actor will write and direct Rosewater, based on the 2011 book by "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival" by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. During Jon Stewart's 12-week hiatus on The Daily Show, John Oliver will fill in as host.
Jon Stewart will make his directorial debut with Rosewater
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 comes to theaters November 7th, 2014 and stars Gael García Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani, Dimitri Leonidas, Kim Bodnia, Andrew Gower, Jason Jones, Haluk Bilginer. The film is directed by Jon Stewart.