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Jon Stewart's Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' For Sale at Cannes Market

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 27, 2013 at 6:36PM

"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.
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Rosewater

"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:



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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.