Jason Segel is starring as the late author David Foster Wallace in The End Of The Tour, which co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and will be directed by James Ponsoldt. Mark Manuel and Ted O’Neal’s Kilburn Media has come aboard to fully finance the pic, which was written by Donald Margulies from Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. The fact-based movie follows Wallace and Lipsky (Eisenberg) on the book tour supporting Wallace’s best-known novel Infinite Jest. Along the way, friendship, jealousy and competition emerge between the two writers as they discuss women, culture, depression and the pros and cons of fame. Wallace committed suicide in 2008. Newly launched sales outfit Fortitude International will shop the pic at EFM.
David Kanter and Matt DeRoss are producing for Anonymous Content with Modern Man Films’ James Dahl. Manuel and O’Neal will produce for Kilburn, which recently produced the thriller Cut Bank starring Liam Hemsworth, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern and John Malkovich, and Flock Of Dudes, an ensemble comedy. Production on Tour is expected to begin soon. Anonymous Content’s Paul Green is exec producing. “We are excited about this project, its filmmakers and its cast,” said Manuel. “This continues the evolving business model of Kilburn Media to be a one-stop funding solution for filmmakers by streamlining the production process with a single financier.”