What? Jon Stewart Is Taking 3 Months Off From 'The Daily Show' to Direct a Movie
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What? Jon Stewart Is Taking 3 Months Off From 'The Daily Show' to Direct a Movie

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | March 5, 2013 | Comments ()


That's bizarre, but after a decade as the host of "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart deserves some time off, even if it is to work on a different project. He'll be directing a movie, Rosewater based off of his own script adapted from the book Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. Via Deadline:

The book is Maziar Bahari's harrowing ordeal of leaving London in June 2009 to cover Iran's presidential elections. With a pregnant fiance left behind, the BBC journalist expected to be away for a week. Instead, he spent the next 118 days in Iran's most notorious prison being brutally interrogated by a man he knew only by one thing: he smelled of Rosewater.

Strangely enough, I (through the Hollywood Cog) was the one that broke the story that Jon Stewart had bought the rights to the book several years ago. Clearly, Stewart has a passion for the story.

In the meantime, John Oliver will fill in for Stewart over the sumer.

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  • hasta_lorenzo


  • Uda

    That's wonderful news for both Jon and John.

    Perhaps it's been addressed already and I failed to notice, but I find it a bit strange that all of the comments that predate the change to Disqus have disappeared.

  • BlackRabbit

    Only argument against Oliver is that he won't be able to do the "hometown anger" bit Stewart does so well. On the other hand he can bring more of an international flavor.

  • Schadenfreudian

    Had this happened a year ago, I would have been unhappy about this course of events, but I think "The Daily Show" and, Jon in particular, are a shadow of what they once were, relying too much on mugging and too little on incisive commentary. However, if the inimitable Colbert goes the same way, the universe as we know it will be irrevocably altered.

  • dizzylucy

    John is a good temp, and I wish Jon good luck with his film. Hope he takes a little vacation time to come to the shore too!

  • par1964

    Hurry back, Jon .... we miss you already!!!!

  • kushiro -

    I think it'll be great to see Oliver in the pilot seat. Just looking forward to how he interacts with the correspondents.

    That written, I'm going to take an opportunity to be a dick and say, "based ON", not "based OFF". Sorry, just...arrgh.

  • Joey.blowey

    But what about Community? Oh yeah, It's almost dead now.

  • John G.

    YES YES & YES. There is no one better than John Oliver to fill that seat. Before I even finished reading this post, I was hoping it would be John. Maybe now he can finally get Andy Zaltzman a job on the show. official pun-master?

  • lowercase_ryan

    This is awesome all around. John Oliver deserves a stint in the big chair and I want John Stewart to do all of the things. All of them.

  • Carlito

    As an avid listener of the bullshit-laden Bugle podcast, I wonder if we can expect an Andy Zaltzman sighting.

  • katy

    Nooooo!!! But at least they are wise enough to go with John Oliver for his replacement. I saw him when he toured for his stand up act and he is freaking hilarious. We already know this from his bits on the show too, but I bet he'll carry it just fine in the bigger role.

  • sean

    I suspect Jon Oliver will have the seat full-time next year when Viacom moves Stewart into Letterman's chair.

  • e jerry powell

    Umm, what? Letterman is signed through 2014 (same as Stephen Colbert), Stewart is signed through 2015.

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