His 12 week hiatus, according to Deadline today, is so he can direct “Rosewater.”
His directorial debut (he also wrote the screenplay) is an adaptation of Maziar Bahari’s book “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival,” and is about BBC journalist Bahari’s 118 day captivity in Iran’s most notorious prison after leaving London in June of 2009 to cover the country’s presidential elections.
The title is derived from the fact that Bahari knew only one thing about his brutal interrogator: he smelled of Rosewater.
Jon Stewart has plenty of famous friends he can cast in this film, so that is good news, but he also will have some excellent help behind the scenes as Scott Rudin (“The Social Network”) will be producing alongside Stewart.
It has been a while since Stewart has done anything in theaters and for his return to be behind the camera has me a little excited; I just hope John Oliver makes a suitable temporary host for the 12 weeks he is gone from “The Daily Show.”
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