Jon Stewart to direct movie based on Maziar Bahari memoir

jon-stewart-220.jpgThe Daily Show host Jon Stewart will take a break from the popular comedy program this summer to direct and produce his feature film, based on a book by Iranian-Canadian journalist and author Maziar Bahari.

The film, titled Rosewater, was written by Stewart and based upon Bahari's 2011 bestselling memoir Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival. The book chronicles his arrest and imprisonment by the Iranian government in 2009 when he travelled to the country to cover the contentious and disputed presidential election.

Bahari, who graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, was accused of espionage and held for several months.

Comedy Central said Stewart would return to the anchor chair in early September and be replaced by longtime Daily Show correspondent-writer John Oliver.

Bahari recently joined Q host Jian Ghomeshi for a conversation about his experiences in Iran, as well as his family's history of being unjustly jailed. You can listen to the full interview below.

-With files from the Associated Press