The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has secured a distributor for his directorial debut, Rosewater. He has partnered with Open Road Films, who will be releasing the movie this fall.
Rosewater tells the story of BBC reporter Maziar Bahari, who was detained and tortured in Iran for 118 days due to accusations of his being a spy. He was eventually released after a mass of protests, and upon returning home penned a memoir entitled Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival.
The film version stars Gael García Bernal, with the screenplay having been adapted by Stewart himself. You’ll recall that they shot it last summer, when Stewart went on hiatus and John Oliver took over hosting duties.
Below is a 2009 Daily Show interview with Bahari, in an encounter that likely led to this movie being made: