Jon Stewart's Directorial Debut Gets U.S. Release

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Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the adaptation of the memoir "Then They Came For Me."

Open Road has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to Rosewater, the political drama that marks the directorial debut of Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show.

A fall release is being planned.

The movie stars Gael Garcia Bernal and is an adaptation of the New York Times best-selling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival, written by BBC journalist Maziar Bahari.

The story centers on the Tehran-born Canadian broadcast journalist who was covering the Iranian elections in 2009. After submitting footage of street riots, Bahari was arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, and for the next 118 days was interrogated and tortured by man he called Rosewater, due to the man’s scent. Stewart was one of those who followed the story.

Stewart produced the movie with Scott Rudin and Gigi Pritzker.

OddLot Entertainment financed the production and Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales.