Jon Stewart Is Leaving The Daily Show (Temporarily) To Direct A Serious Film?

Daily Show host Stewart told the NY Times he will be taking 12 weeks off from hosting duties to direct the drama "Rosewater," for which he wrote a screenplay.

John Oliver, who often portrays the show's "Senior British Correspondent," will be taking over as guest host for eight weeks. The usual four-week break that the show takes during the summer will be the last four weeks of Stewart's leave.

Rosewater tells the story of Maziar Bahari, a Newsweek reporter who was supposed to visit Iran for one week and was instead imprisoned for 118 days and interrogated.

From the New York Times:

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.”