We’ll see what Jon Stewart‘s hiatus from The Daily Show was all about on November 7, when Open Road Films kicks off its platform rollout of his feature directorial debut Rosewater. Open Road acquired U.S. rights in May to the pic after it was show to select buyers in Cannes.
The pic is adaptation of the Maziar Bahari book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. Stewart wrote the script and took a summer break from his Comedy Central show to direct it. Gael Garcia Bernal stars as Bahari. The plan unveiled today comes after Rosewater landed a Gala premiere slot at September’s Toronto Film Festival.
OddLot Entertainment fully financed the film and Stewart, Scott Rudin, and Gigi Pritzker produced with Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush and Chris McShane the executive producers.
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UPDATE, 9:55 AM: Open Road has made it official, announcing this morning that it acquired Jon Stewart‘s Rosewater. A fall release is planned and the OddLot-financed adaptation will be shown and to select buyers in Cannes. The full release is below our original exclusive.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, FRIDAY PM : Open Road is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. rights to Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s feature directorial debut Rosewater, an adaptation of the Maziar Bahari book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. Stewart wrote the script and took a summer hiatus from his Comedy Central show to direct. OddLot Entertainment fully financed the film and Gigi Pritzker and Scott Rudin produced it.
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The Daily Show fill-in host John Oliver bows out after tomorrow night. He’s been covering for Jon Stewart since June 10, while Stewart took time off to direct his first film, Rosewater. Oliver’s been getting great reviews for his guest gig. And though this past Monday he told PBS’ Charlie Rose, “I don’t think it’s going to change my life”, and that his goal had been only “not to destroy that machine” during his brief tenure, it’s been a game changer for Viacom Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog, whose empire includes Comedy Central, and who has learned from the experience that there can be life after Stewart. Not that anyone’s making plans to replace Stewart — but it’s got to be nice to know The Daily Show won’t fall off a cliff should the much-loved host who’s been the face of the franchise since January 1999 ever decide it’s time to move on.
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EXCLUSIVE: The debut directorial effort from The Daily Show host has added an Emmy winner and Oscar nominee to its cast. Shohreh Aghdashloo will play Moloojoon Bahari, the mother of the journalist played by Gael Garcia Bernal, in the Jon Stewart-helmed and -written Rosewater. Preparing to shoot in Jordan, the film is based on the 2011 memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity, And Survival by Maziar Bahari. Scott Rudin is producing with Stewart and Gigi Pritzker. Pritzker’s OddLot Entertainment is financing. Primarily based in Canada, the Iranian-born Bahari traveled to his native country to cover the disputed 2009 Presidential election only to find himself imprisoned by the authorities for 118 days. He was arrested in his mother’s Teheran home on June 21, 2009. Iranian-born Aghdashloo was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 2003 for her performance in House Of Sand And Fog. Read More »
John Oliver begins his stint as guest host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart on Monday, June 10 at 11 PM. Deadline broke the news in March that Stewart would be taking a 12-week hiatus to direct his first feature film Rosewater and Oliver would be filling in for eight weeks of original episodes during Stewart’s absence. Stewart will return on Tuesday, September 3. Scheduled guests during Oliver’s first week include Seth Rogen, Armando Iannucci, Mavis Staples and Fareed Zakaria. Oliver performs stand-up around the US and his one-hour special Terrifying Times debuted in April 2008. His stand-up series, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show premiered on Comedy Central in January 2010 with the fourth season slated to air in late summer. Along with Andy Zaltzman, Oliver also writes and stars in a weekly podcast, The Bugle: Audio Newspaper For A Visual World. The Daily Show is exec produced by Jon Stewart and Rory Albanese, with Steve Bodow, Jennifer Flanz and Adam Lowitt serving as co-exec producers. Supervising producers are Tim Carvell, who also is head writer, Pam DePace, Tim Greenberg, Hillary Kun and Stuart Miller. Jill Katz is producer and Executive in Charge of Production. Kahane Cooperman serves as Production Executive. Chuck O’Neil directs.
UPDATE: After I broke the news, Jon Stewart told the media his feelings about going from television to movies. ”I am a television person who is accustomed to having a thought at 10 AM and having it out there at 6:30 PM and moving on, so this is a little scary, yes.” He added: ”One of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves.”
11 AM EXCLUSIVE: Jon Stewart will take a 12-week summer hiatus from hosting Comedy Central‘s The Daily Show to make his feature directing debut. In his absence, Daily Show regular John Oliver will be guest host for eight weeks of fresh shows. Stewart has written the script for and will direct Rosewater, an adaptation of the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. Published in 2011 by Random House, the book is Maziar Bahari’s harrowing ordeal of leaving London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential elections. With a pregnant fiance left behind, the BBC journalist expected to be away for a week. Instead, he spent the next 118 days in Iran’s most notorious prison being brutally interrogated by a man he knew only by one thing: he smelled of Rosewater. Bahari wrote the book with Aimee Molloy. Scott Rudin will produce with Stewart and Gigi Pritzker. Pritzker’s OddLot Entertainment is financing the film.
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