Open Road Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to Jon Stewart‘s directorial debut “Rosewater,” the studio announced Monday. Stewart took a hiatus from hosting “The Daily Show” to shoot the movie, which is based on BBC reporter Maziar Bahari’s book “Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.”
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Story follows BBC journalist Bahari as he leaves his pregnant fiancee in London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential elections. He’s quickly taken into custody and interrogated by a man whose defining trait was the faint scene of rosewater. Bahari’s ordeal lasted 118 days.
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Sierra/Affinity is selling foreign rights at the Cannes Film Market and the company is expected to host a private screening for international buyers.
Open Road recently acquired the Sean Penn-Javier Bardem movie “The Gunman,” so not only is the company now in business with Joel Silver, but should it close a deal for “Rosewater,” Open Road would be working with another super-producer in Rudin.
The news was first reported by Deadline.