Report: Author’s Estate Doesn’t Support Biopic Filmed in West Michigan

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David Foster Wallace in 2006 (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

WEST MICHIGAN (April 22, 2014) — The estate of David Foster Wallace is not endorsing a biopic of the late author filmed in West Michigan.

According to Variety, Wallace’s estate issued a statement saying “The David Foster Wallace Literary Trust, David’s family, and David’s longtime publisher Little, Brown and Company wish to make it clear that they have no connection with, and neither endorse nor support ‘The End of the Tour.”

Jason Segel portrays Wallace in the film, which takes place during his book tour for the novel “Infinite Jest.”  Jesse Eisenberg also co-stars as David Lipsky, a Rolling Stone writer following the tour.

The movie is based on Lipsky’s book “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself,” published in 2010.  Wallace committed suicide in 2008.

“This motion picture is loosely based on transcripts from an interview David consented to eighteen years ago for a magazine article about the publication of his novel, ‘Infinite Jest.’ That article was never published and David would never have agreed that those saved transcripts could later be repurposed as the basis of a movie,” the statement in Variety reads.

The End of the Tour filmed in Grand Rapids and around West Michigan in February and March.  No release date has been announced.


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