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Us presenter is to make Rosewater, an adaptation of BBC reporter's memoir about being tortured in Iran

The host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, is to take a 12-week break this summer in order to make his directing debut on the true-life political drama Rosewater, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Stewart has also written the screenplay for the project, an adaptation of BBC reporter Maziar Bahari's New York Times bestselling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival. It is based on Bahari's experiences at the hands of the Iranian government in 2009 while covering an election protest.

The Iranian-Canadian journalist was interrogated and tortured for 118 days before eventually being released on the condition he spied and reported on Iran's enemies for the Revolutionary Guard. Instead, Bahari fled the country and returned to his home in London. He has not been back to Iran, »

- Ben Child

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