To put it mildly, Jon Stewart's unique brand of political satire has been sorely missed over the past three years. Also in need of a resurfacing? The former Daily Show host's promise as a director, as seen in his directorial debut Rosewater back in 2014. Now, per a Variety report filed late Wednesday, both are finally set for a revival.
Stewart will direct Irresistible, a "political satire" based on his own idea. According to reports, the film is currently in the early stages of development and will carry a Plan B (co-founded by Brad Pitt) production tag. Additional info, including specific plot details, have not been released.
Currently, Stewart's top choice for an Irresistible star is none other than his former Daily Show collaborator (and Vice's Donald Rumsfeld) Steve Carell. Before Carell inks any kind of deal, however, scheduling and financing details need to be hashed out.
Last May, we learned that Stewart and HBO had called off their originally announced plans for an animation project. "HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short form digital animated project," an HBO rep told the New York Times at the time. "We all thought the project had great potential, but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material."
The animated project fell under a four-year first-look deal Stewart signed with the network back in 2015, i.e. the same year he left his Daily Show duties behind.