Jon Stewart is getting serious this summer. No, seriously: John Oliver is going to fill in for him as Stewart takes three months off from The Daily Show to direct a film. A drama, no less. It’s based on the book Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival” by Maziar Bahari. Stewart wrote the screenplay and The Daily Show actually appears as an plot point in both the book and the script.
A Canadian-Iranian journalist and documentarian, Mr. Bahari was jailed in Tehran in 2009 for four months, accused of plotting a revolution against the government. Shortly before his arrest, Mr. Bahari had participated in a “Daily Show” sketch, conducted by one of the show’s correspondents, Jason Jones, who was pretending to be a spy. Mr. Bahari’s captors used the footage against him.
“You can imagine how upset we were,” Mr. Stewart said, “and I struck up a friendship with him afterward.”
Mr. Stewart said he eventually read Mr. Bahari’s book and “because I’m naïve about the movie business” started to think about a film. He said he did not intend to also adapt the screenplay. “It just kind of happened,” he said.
The Daily Show | June 7th 2011 [x]