Jon Stewart will go on hiatus from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” beginning in June in order to direct his first feature film, entitled Rosewater, which will be produced by Stewart’s production company, Busboy Productions, along with Scott Rudin Productions and Odd Lot Entertainment. Longtime correspondent and writer John Oliver will fill in as series host for the eight weeks of original episodes that are scheduled during Stewart’s hiatus. Though Jon Stewart has a sketchy history with film (The Faculty, anyone?) the socio-political aspects of Rosewater sound right up his alley. Now let’s see if we can campaign John Oliver to use his new leverage to bring his The Bugle co-host Andy Zaltzman to come make puns about the royal family.
Rosewater, a journalist’s story of his entry into the family business – government imprisonment and political incarceration in Iran – was written by Stewart and is based on the book, “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival” by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari. Bahari was falsely accused of being a spy and imprisoned by the Iranian government shortly after being interviewed by “Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones in 2009 when he travelled to Iran to file a series of reports for the show. Bahari later appeared as a guest on “The Daily Show” in June 2011.
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