According to the family of David Foster Wallace, the upcoming biopic of the late author is "not consider[ed] ... an homage," and is not, in fact, at all supported by anyone who knew Wallace.

A statement issued by Wallace's estate says that filmmakers behind "The End of the Tour" -- which stars Jason Segel as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky, the journalist on whose book the film is based -- did not request or receive permission for the project, and as such, the estate is distancing itself from the film.

"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,'" the statement said. "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."

Directed by James Ponsoldt, "The End of the Tour" is based on Lipsky's book, "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself," which documents his time on the road following Wallace's "Infinite Jest" book tour in 1996. Lipsky was assigned the story by Rolling Stone, which ended up not publishing the interview until after Wallace's 2008 death. Lipsky released his book in 2010.

What Wallace's estate's objections mean for the film remain unclear, since shooting has already wrapped. The independent project still needs a distributor, though, so legal snags from the estate could pose a challenge to "The End of the Tour"'s ultimate release strategy.

Stay tuned.

[via Los Angeles Times]
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