Having only just starting in the US, it seems that some of the line-up at this year’s Sundance Film Festival is too good to turn down.
In what would be the fourth sale already before the festival gets into full swing, distributors A24 are considering picking up the rights to The End of the Tour, the new drama from James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) starring Jason Segal (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Double).
Receiving its premiere tonight at the festival, the film is loose adaptation of David Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, in which the Rolling Stone reporter (played by Eisenberg) spent five days on the road with the late writer David Foster Wallace (Segel) conducting interviews for the book, which was released a year and a half after Wallace’s death.
A24 has worked with Ponsoldt before on the The Spectacular Now, starring Miles Teller (Whiplash) and Shailene Woodley (The Fault in our Stars), in 2013 which grossed around $6.8million but still has yet to have a UK release. The new film, which also stars Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner and Anna Chlumsky, could be sold for around $3million.
Tour would be the fourth narrative film to be sold from the festival pre-premiere, with Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s Mistress America going to Fox Searchlight, Jared Hess’ Don Verdean being scooped up by Lionsgate, and the announcement yesterday that the Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders comedy Results will be released by Magnolia.