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Jon Stewart To Direct Adaptation Of Canadian-Iranian Journalist's Memoir

Courtesy of Shani R. Friedman

 

Stewart will be taking time off this summer to direct his first movie, Rosewater, an adaptation he penned of the 2011 book Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival by Bahari and Aimee Molloy. Bahari, a Newsweek staffer who spent 118 days in an Iranian prison in 2009, had been accused of plotting to overthrow the government following the airing of a sketch he participated in with the Daily Show's correspondent Jason Jones, who pretended to be a spy.

Here's a clip of Bahari's appearance on the Daily Show after his release:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/05/jon-stewart-to-direct-serious-film-will-take-hiatus-from-daily-show/

The movie is set to start filming in June.

Shani R. Friedman, a native of Nova Scotia, is a writer and editor living in New York who started a pop culture and news blog about Canada three years ago. Visit Shani's Blog at http://allthingscanadian.blogspot.com/.