is reporting that The Daily Show
's Jon Stewart is stepping up to direct Rosewater
, a film about Maziar Bahari's capture and confinement by Iranian security forces during the Green Uprising. Stewart wrote the script based on Bahari's memoir, Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival
Fans of the show have seen Bahari several times; in fact, it was Bahari's appearance on Stewart's satirical program that was used as fodder during intense interrogations.
Done well, this could be a beautifully caustic, intelligent and darkly humorous take on something that must have been equally parts harrowing and surreal to live through. Scott Rudin, a guy who has quietly made some of my favourite films of all time, is producing.
Since Stewart is taking a dozen weeks away from his show, John Oliver (known by some outside TDS
for his role in Community
) will take over hosting duties.
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