Jon Stewart has announced he’s leaving the fake news desk for a brief hiatus to direct his first feature film. The Daily Show host will overturn his hosting/eyebrow-wiggling duties to correspondent John Oliver while he spends his summer vacation shooting Rosewater from his own script.
Fans of Stewart’s snarky, subversive style of comedy can walk right out that door and never come back or call or write, because the serious subject matter of this film will be a departure from what we’ve seen Stewart do. Based on the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival, the movie will tell the true story of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s 118-day imprisonment and torture in Iran. The journalist had initially been visiting the country for one week while covering their 2009 presidential elections, but was taken captive and brutally interrogated for months by a stranger he could identify only by their scent of rosewater.
Not to tell local Iranian law enforcement how to do their job or anything, but seems to me that the torturer may have also been a florist. They should follow up on that. (Deadline)