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

(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.

Jon Stewart will try his hand at directing.
Jon Stewart will try his hand at directing.   (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)
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