Jon Stewart To Pen & Direct “Rosewater”

Jon Stewart is set to cede hosting duties of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” to Jon Oliver for eight weeks this Summer while he goes off and films his directorial debut “Rosewater” at OddLot Entertainment.

Stewart also wrote the screenplay for the film, an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me”.

Bahari’s book tells the story of his 2009 arrest by the Iranian government while covering an election protest. He subsequently was interrogated and tortured during the next 118 days.

Stewart is taking off twelve weeks to film the project, starting in June. These include his month-long Summer break and the first eight weeks of production back from it (which is when Oliver will fill in for him).

Stewart, Gigi Pritzker and Scott Rudin will produce.

Source: The Live Feed