Anyone familiar with Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show has heard the comic take jabs at himself about his so called “failed” film career. Stewart did star in a number of cult hits, and several flops, before settling in as the nightly host of The Daily Show. The draw of the big screen, however, has proven too much for Stewart who will be taking a three month break from his show to direct a film he wrote, Rosewater. John Oliver, a fellow comedian on The Daily Show, will take over hosting duties full-time in Stewart’s absence.
The move marks not just a change in medium for the Jewish comedian but a change in tone. Rosewater is based off Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. The story details the time Maziar Bahari spent in an Iranian prison. Bahari and Stewart aren’t the only big names associated with the project, Scott Rudin is also said to be associated with Rosewater.
We can expect Rosewater to see a limited release in early 2014. But fans of Stewart only have to wait until September, when he will reclaim his place at the helm of The Daily Show. More details of the film will be released as production continues.