Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg are set to headline The End of the Tour with James Ponsoldt (Smashed, The Spectacular Now) directing, TheWrap reports. Segel will star as the late David Foster Wallace with Eisenberg playing Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky. Lipsky is both the author and central character of the film’s source material, “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace.” Published about a year and a half after the “Infinite Jest” author’s death, Lipsky’s book is a travelogue comprised of interviews he conducted with DFW in 1996 during the final week of the book tour for the novelist’s epic tome.
The only adaptation of a DFW book to date is John Krasinski’s stylish approach to the 1999 short story anthology, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Ponsoldt’s upcoming attempt, which features an adapted screenplay by Donald Margulies, will function a bit more as a biopic, making this one of Segel’s more dramatic roles to date.
Production is said to begin in February or March of 2014 with Anonymous Content’s Matt DeRoss and David Kanter and Modern Man Films’ James Dahl producing.