“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart’s directorial debut “Rosewater” will hit the Cannes market this May. Independent film finance company Sierra/Affinity will sell rights to the film, which is produced by Stewart, Scott Rudin and Gigi Pritzker, whose production company OddLot Entertainment will finance this screen adaptation of Maziar Bahari’s 2011 memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.” Stewart officially announced his venture into filmmaking earlier this month.
Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian journalist who was detained in Tehran for 118 days during the 2009 presidential election in Iran. Stewart, who covered Bahari’s imprisonment extensively on “The Daily Show,” adapted the screenplay himself from the memoir, which was co-written by journalist Aimee Molloy.
Watch a “Daily Show” clip with Stewart and Bahari below: