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Jon Stewart taking a hiatus from The Daily Show to make his feature film directorial debut

03.05.2013
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The Daily Show is one of the best ways to unwind on a nightly basis. It is the combination of excellent writing and talented on air staff that makes the show so much fun to watch. But, it is also a huge credit to host Jon Stewart who has shepherded the program for over ten years. But, for the first time since the Craig Kilborn days, there will be a new host of The Daily Show, if even for a short period of time.

Deadline is reporting that Stewart will take an extended hiatus from the show this summer to film his directorial debut. During his eight to twelve week absence, The Daily Show will be hosted by John Oliver, who is hilarious in his own right and will do a fantastic job. So, what exactly is the movie Stewart will be making? A comedy, perhaps?

Stewart will direct ROSEWATER, which he has also written the script for, an adaptation of the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. 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. Bahari wrote the book with Aimee Molloy.

Obviously Stewart was known as a comedian prior to The Daily Show, but in his tenure on the Comedy Central series he has become well versed in politics. He may not be the person I expected to helm this project, but he is certainly an intriguing one. An interesting tidbit is that Bahari appeared on The Daily Show and that footage was used against him during his interrogations as a spy.

ROSEWATER will be produced by Stewart, Scott Rudin and Gigi Pritzker. There is no release date or stars attached to the project, but this sounds like a very interesting movie to keep tabs on. With the success of ARGO this year, I expect a lot more projects focused on the Middle East and the nature of spies.

Source: Deadline

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6:25PM on 03/05/2013
Starring Steve Carrell and Lewis Black.

But seriously, the movie sounds good.
Starring Steve Carrell and Lewis Black.

But seriously, the movie sounds good.
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5:57PM on 03/05/2013
Every great comedian has a more serious side to him: Charlie Chaplin, Jerry Lewis, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Richard Belzer. I am glad that Stewart shows us his. Obviously, The Daily Show has a more serious undertone than its manifest comedic luster.
The Daily Show will be the stronger for having a different host for awhile. All long-running shows need some occasional change to maintain freshness. Sometimes, late night TV has prospered for having fill-in hosts. No one could do The Tonight
Every great comedian has a more serious side to him: Charlie Chaplin, Jerry Lewis, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Richard Belzer. I am glad that Stewart shows us his. Obviously, The Daily Show has a more serious undertone than its manifest comedic luster.
The Daily Show will be the stronger for having a different host for awhile. All long-running shows need some occasional change to maintain freshness. Sometimes, late night TV has prospered for having fill-in hosts. No one could do The Tonight Show better than Johnny Carson, but a viewer did not mind seeing Joan Rivers or Jay Leno fill-in for awhile. They offered a different style of hilarity.
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5:41PM on 03/05/2013
Great article, but there is one tiny piece of info that's wrong about this being the first time Jon hasn't been there since Craig left. (Sorry, I'm gonna be "that guy") But when Stewart was filming Death to Smootchy in the early 2000s he had Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and I'm pretty sure Vance DeGeneres fill in as hosts for a few weeks. Sorry, I'm a trough of Daily Show knowledge - been watching since 1996. Anyway, the movie sounds excellent and I enjoyed reading your thoughts on it.
Great article, but there is one tiny piece of info that's wrong about this being the first time Jon hasn't been there since Craig left. (Sorry, I'm gonna be "that guy") But when Stewart was filming Death to Smootchy in the early 2000s he had Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and I'm pretty sure Vance DeGeneres fill in as hosts for a few weeks. Sorry, I'm a trough of Daily Show knowledge - been watching since 1996. Anyway, the movie sounds excellent and I enjoyed reading your thoughts on it.
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5:36PM on 03/05/2013
I remember when he bought the rights to the story shortly after Bahari's release. Jason Jones had interviewed him shortly before he was arrested, posing as a CIA man in the interview.

John Oliver is a worthy choice to hold the fort until Stewart can return. It will be interesting to see what he can make of this.
I remember when he bought the rights to the story shortly after Bahari's release. Jason Jones had interviewed him shortly before he was arrested, posing as a CIA man in the interview.

John Oliver is a worthy choice to hold the fort until Stewart can return. It will be interesting to see what he can make of this.
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4:14PM on 03/05/2013
I was thinking if he were going to do a movie it would be another "Bob Roberts". But this sounds interesting
I was thinking if he were going to do a movie it would be another "Bob Roberts". But this sounds interesting
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