Last year, Jon Stewart took his first leave of absence from hosting The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to make his directorial debut with Rosewater. The film, bought by Open Road Films, will finally see the light of day with a Nov. 7 release date. Rosewater is based on the true story of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, who travelled to Iran to interview presidential hopeful Mir-Hossein Moussavi in 2009. Moussavi at the time was running against incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Bahari was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard police after selling footage of post-election riots. He was then tortured and interrogated by a group led by a man calling himself “Rosewater.” Bahari then wrote a book about his trials, Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival, on which Stewart based the script for Rosewater.
The late night host stayed close to the story as it unfolded, covering it nearly every night on The Daily Show. He debuted the drama to potential buyers in Cannes and will finally show everyone his directing chops this fall. While he was away, Daily Show correspondent John Oliver took over hosting duties on the fake news program and stunned viewers and industry decision makers. Based on his spectacular job filling in for Stewart, HBO offered Oliver his current weekly news satire Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.