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In late 2009 Bahari's wife started an international campaign from London to get her husband released, with Western media outlets picking the story up — including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Bahari was eventually released by Iranian authorities with a $300,000 bail, making him promise to be a spy for the government.
If his key part in transforming The Daily Show into the political (and satirical) powerhouse it is today is any indication of how Stewart will approach the big screen, Rosewater seems like the perfect segue into filmmaking. He not only reported on the events nightly as they were happening, he also had Bahari as a guest on the show after his release to talk about his experience.
Open Road is planning on releasing the film in Fall 2014 and will be showing it to select buyers during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.