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Mr. Stewart, the stand-up satirist and “Daily Show” host, said on Tuesday that he would direct his first movie, a drama called “Rosewater,” from a screenplay that he wrote.
The movie — which will require a 12-week absence from his duties on “The Daily Show” — is an adaptation of the 2011 book “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival,” by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy...
John Oliver, a regular contributor to the program, on Comedy Central, will serve as guest host for eight weeks of new shows, and the four other weeks Mr. Stewart will be gone are expected to coincide with the show’s annual summer hiatus.
“One of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves,” Mr. Stewart said, “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.”
Mr. Bahari’s ordeal is familiar to “The Daily Show” fans — in fact, the comedy program played a role in it...
A Canadian-Iranian journalist and documentarian, Mr. Bahari was jailed in Tehran in 2009 for four months, accused of plotting a revolution against the government. Shortly before his arrest, Mr. Bahari had participated in a “Daily Show” sketch, conducted by one of the show’s correspondents, Jason Jones, who was pretending to be a spy. Mr. Bahari’s captors used the footage against him.
“You can imagine how upset we were,” Mr. Stewart said, “and I struck up a friendship with him afterward.”
Well, etc. In tonight's installment of Twitter does my work for me:
Jon Stewart exiting Daily Show for 3 months to direct film--his screenplay on that Iran episode he got involved in.bit.ly/14pJngA