Jon Stewart Will Take Break to Direct Movie
He'll be away from 'Daily Show' 12 weeks to work on drama
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2013 3:04 PM CST
Jon Stewart will try his hand at directing.   (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)

(Newser) – Jon Stewart plans to take a 12-week hiatus from the Daily Show in June to, surprise, surprise, direct a serious movie, reports the New York Times. What's more, Stewart adapted the screenplay for Rosewater himself. It's based on a book by Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was detained in Iran for four months and accused of plotting to overthrow the government. One of the bits of "evidence" that Iran used against Bahari? A comedy sketch he did on the Daily Show in which he was interviewed by a fake spy.

“One of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves, and I really connected to Maziar’s story," Stewart tells the Times' Brooks Barnes. "It’s a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free.” During Stewart's absence, the Daily Show will be hosted by John Oliver.

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Mar 7, 2013 8:44 AM CST
What will it be called? The Lying Moron?
Mar 6, 2013 2:22 PM CST
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I enjoyed his show during the Bush years, when he didn't hold back. Now his show is a big giant ass kissing fest. Whether it's Warren Buffet or Obama, or any others on the pseudo liberal side, all he does is kiss their asses. I know he's spoken out on drones once or twice and maybe a couple other things, but than he goes right back to kissing ass again. I still do like him for the most part, but i wish he would grow a set of balls with this administration. If he did, he'd probably be replaced by someone willing to kiss more ass. I haven't watched since i saw the show where he had Warren Buffet on and gushed all over him the whole time. Buffet is a sank and a hypocrite.