A24 has secured U.S. rights to distribute James Ponsoldt’s “The End of the Tour,” which is slated to world premiere tonight at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on David Lipsky’s acclaimed memoir, “The End of the Tour” stars Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. A24 released the director’s last film, “The Spectacular Now.”
A24 Acquires Rights to James Ponsoldt’s ‘The End of the Tour’ Before Sundance Premiere
A24 Acquires Rights to James Ponsoldt's 'The End of the Tour' Before Sundance Premiere
Here’s the official synopsis per A24: “The End of the Tour” is based on David Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace.” It tells the story of the five-day 1996 interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed way in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenberg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by Sundance vet James Ponsoldt from Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ insightful and heartbreaking screenplay.