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

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 5, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 5, 2013 |

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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