A24 has announced its sight-unseen acquisition of director James Ponsoldt’s “The End of the Tour,” world-premiering Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival. Deadline projects a deal to the tune of $2-$3 million.
Based on David Lipsky’s memoir “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” the film tells the story of Lipsky’s five-day Rolling Stone interview with postmodern writer David Foster Wallace. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky, and Jason Segel, in an unusual feat of casting, as the acclaimed “Infinite Jest” author (who would later end his own life in 2008).
Penned by American playwright Donald Margulies, “End of the Tour” co-stars Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer and Mickey Sumner. A24, which previously released Ponsoldt’s 2013 Sundance darling “The Spectacular Now,” is finalizing fall 2015 release plans. Chalk this up as the hottest buy of the fest next to Fox Searchlight’s pre-Sundance pickup of Noah Baumbach’s “Mistress America.”
As expected, the film was not endorsed by the David Foster Wallace estate, stating that he never would have agreed to play a character in a movie. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.