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.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Jon Stewart Will Take Break to Direct Movie is...
3%
16%
5%
63%
2%
12%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 37 comments
Fatquah
Mar 7, 2013 8:44 AM CST
What will it be called? The Lying Moron? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0Qw_hs6rXo
Bieberforpres2016
Mar 6, 2013 2:22 PM CST
Next story: Jon Stewart Takes Permanent Break From Movie Directing
BCS
Mar 6, 2013 12:32 AM CST
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.