If you’re one of those people who feel lost whenever Jon Stewart‘s Comedy Central news show The Daily Show goes on break for a couple of weeks, get ready for a much lengthier break…sort of.
It’s being reported that Stewart will be taking the summer off from hosting the show—about twelve weeks when it’s all said and done—but it won’t be a vacation spent lounging around on a tropical island somewhere. Stewart is taking the time off to make his debut as a feature film director on a movie titled Rosewater.
Many might assume that Stewart would work on a political satire project or some other type of comedy considering his past and present work, but that’s not at all the case. The movie is an adaptation of the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity and Survival, which tells the story of Maziar Bahari, a BBC journalist who in 2009 left his pregnant wife in London to go and cover the presidential election in Iran. He only expected to be away for a week, but instead ended up spending 118 days as a captive at Evin prison in northwestern Tehran. During this time he was viciously interrogated repeatedly by one man, a man he could only identify by the fact that he always smelled of rose water.
The story already has a connection to Stewart, as Bahari had appeared on The Daily Show in the past, something that was used against him while he was being interrogated.
In addition to making his directorial debut, Stewart also makes his debut as a screenwriter, penning the script for Rosewater.
Going back to the “sort of” mentioned above, this doesn’t mean that The Daily Show will be off the air for the entire summer. Correspondent John Oliver will be taking over hosting duties for eight of the twelve weeks Stewart is away.
It’s unclear whether the other four weeks will be repeats or if other guest hosts will be stepping in.