LOS ANGELES — Jon Stewart, serious movie director?
The stand-up satirist and “Daily Show” host on Tuesday said he would direct his first film, a drama called “Rosewater,” from a screenplay that he wrote. The movie – which will require a 12-week absence from his “Daily Show” duties — is an adaptation of the 2011 book “And Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival” by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy.
Scott Rudin, the Hyatt heiress Gigi Pritzker and Mr. Stewart will produce “Rosewater,” which is expected to start shooting overseas in June. While Mr. Stewart is off making his directing debut, John Oliver, a “Daily Show” regular, will guest host.
“I am a television person who is accustomed to having a thought at 10 a.m. and having it out there at 6:30 p.m. and moving on, so this is a little scary, yes,” Mr. Stewart said by telephone.
“But one of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves,” he continued, “and I really connected to Maziar’s story. It’s a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free.”
Mr. Bahari’s ordeal is familiar to “Daily Show” fans – in fact, the comedy program played a role in it.