Jon Stewart Finds Next Directing Gig With Steve Carell as Top Choice to Star (EXCLUSIVE)

Jon Stewart looks to have found his next gig after staying off the grid since leaving “The Daily Show” in 2015 — and he’s bringing a familiar friend on board.

The former talk show host will direct “Irresistible,” a political satire based on his original idea, sources tell Variety. Sources say Steve Carell is the top choice to star, though financing and scheduling needs to be worked out first.

Plot details have yet to be revealed, but the movie will be in Stewart’s political wheelhouse. His first directing gig was 2014’s political drama “Rosewater,” which centered on journalist Maziar Bahari, who was detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogated him under suspicion that he was a spy.

Stewart will also produce, along with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. Sources say the project is in the beginning stages of development as financiers and distributors come on board. It is currently unknown when production will start.

Stewart and Carell have ties dating back to “The Daily Show” before Carell became everyone’s favorite TV boss on NBC’s “The Office.” After starring in comedies like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” Carell forayed into drama with “Foxcatcher” and “The Big Short.” Up next, he will appear in Amazon’s “Beautiful Boy” alongside Timothee Chalamet. Carell also has Universal’s “Welcome to Marwen” and Adam McKay’s “Vice,” the biopic about former VP Dick Cheney.

Since leaving “The Daily Show,” the industry has been intrigued by what Stewart will do next as the comedian, for the most part, has stayed out of the public spotlight. He did at one point sign a deal with HBO to develop an animated series, but that was eventually scrapped due to difficult production deadlines. Stewart instead headlined the HBO special “Night of Too Many Stars” last November.

Stewart is represented by UTA, Dixon Talent, and lawyer Hansen Jacobson. Carell is repped by WME and Media Four.

RELATED VIDEO:

More Film

  • Sabrina Carpenter

    Film News Roundup: Sabrina Carpenter's 'Short History of the Long Road' Finds Distribution

    In today’s film news roundup, Sabrina Carpenter’s “The Short History of the Long Road” gets a home, comedian Jo Koy’s life will become a movie, “True to the Game” is getting a sequel and APA promotes Chris Ridenhour. ACQUISITION FilmRise has acquired Sabrina Carpenter’s coming-of-age drama “The Short History of the Long Road” and is [...]

  • Stella Meghie

    Filmmaker Stella Meghie on Crafting 'The Photograph' and Being a 'Romance Film Nerd'

    Stella Meghie loves love. And she’s currently feeling a lot of it. As “Sonic the Hedgehog” soared to number one over Presidents’ Day weekend, “The Photograph” made a solid $13 million. Catching up with Meghie early Saturday morning after the film’s debut, the writer/director/executive producer admitted she’d been looking at the numbers. “I’m grateful people [...]

  • Robert Pattinson Margaret Qualley

    Robert Pattinson-Margaret Qualley Thriller 'The Stars at Noon' Sells to A24

    A24 has bought North American rights to the thriller “The Stars at Noon,” starring Robert Pattinson and Margaret Qualley. Claire Denis is attached to direct, and wrote the screenplay with Lea Mysius and Andrew Litvack, based on Denis Johnson’s 1986 novel. The deal was announced Tuesday on the eve of the Berlin Film Festival, where Wild [...]

  • The Speech

    Charades Rolls Into EFM with Pre-Sales on 'The Rosemaker,' 'The Speech' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Charades, the sales firm launched three years ago by former execs at Wild Bunch, Gaumont and Studiocanal, will roll into the Berlinale’s European Film Market with a raft of pre-sales on anticipated French projects, including “The Rosemaker” with Catherine Frot and Laurent Tirard’s “The Speech.” Charades will unveil the promos of both films, as well [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content