Berlin: David Foster Wallace Pic Starring Jason Segel Sells to Multiple Territories

Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel
Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel
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BERLIN — Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has sealed a pre-sale deal across multiple territories to James Ponsoldt’s The End of The Tour, starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg.

The movie follows author David Foster Wallace (Segel), author of Infinite Jest who committed suicide in 2008, on a book tour at the start of his fame.

Wallace is accompanied on the tour by Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Eisenberg). Along the way, jealousy and competition emerge between the two writers as they discuss women, depression and the pros and cons of fame.

SPWA snagged all rights in international English-speaking territories, Latin America and other key European territories to the picture penned by playwright Donald Margulies, who adapted Lipsky's book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace.

Kilburn Media fully financed the film, with Mark Manuel and Ted O'Neal producing alongside David Kanter and Matt DeRoss for Anonymous Content and James Dahl of Modern Man Films.

Anonymous Content's Paul Green will executive produce the film, which is scheduled to begin shooting this year.

The deal was brokered by Michael Helfand, Jonathan Freedberg and Fortitude International continue to sell the movie to international territories in Berlin with UTA and WME handling domestic.

Fortitude International, which was co-founded by de Barros and producers Daniel Wagner and Robert Ogden Barnum, recently partnered with Untitled Entertainment on a slate of five upcoming films, one of which is a forthcoming project from director Ariel Vromen (The Iceman).

In addition to sales, Fortitude is also capable of fully financing projects, with plans to finance and sell 10-15 movies per year.

The Sony acquisition marks the second high profile pick up in as many days for the studio coming less than 24 hours after it struck a deal for Kevin Smith’s modern-day monster pic Tusk for much of the world.

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