David Foster Wallace's family objects to planned biopic
'Tour' stars Jason Segel as Wallace and is based on the book 'Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself' by David Lipsky, who accompanied Wallace on part of a book tour.
Family members of the late author David Foster Wallace are objecting to the film “The End of the Tour,” which stars “How I Met Your Mother” actor Jason Segel as Wallace and “Now You See Me” actor Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky, a Rolling Stone reporter who traveled with Wallace on a book tour.
According to the Associated Press, lawyers for Wallace’s relatives and literary trust stated that they "have no connection with, and neither endorse nor support" the film and that "the trust was given no advance notice that this production was underway.”
The Wallace family lawyers say “Tour” “is loosely based on transcripts from an interview David consented to 18 years ago for a magazine article.... That article was never published and David would have never agreed that those saved transcripts could later be repurposed as the basis of a movie."
“Individuals and companies involved with the production were made keenly aware of the substantive reasons for the trust's and family's objections to this project,” the lawyers said, according to the AP.
“Tour,” which is directed by “The Spectacular Now” helmer James Ponsoldt, finished filming in late March.