Jason Segel Attached to Maple Syrup Heist Comedy for Seth Gordon
by Ethan Anderton
September 24, 2013
While Jason Segel is preparing to make Sex Tape with Sony Pictures (not to mention potentially returning for Bad Teacher 2), the studio is teaming up with the Forgetting Sarah Marshall star yet again in quite the ridiculous comedy conceit. Deadline has word that Sony Pictures has picked up a project from "Family Guy" writer Chris Sheridan that has been described as a "Canadian maple syrup heist comedy." The story comes from a real-life headline-making robbery where over $20 million worth of maple syrup was stolen in 2012 from Quebec’s Federation of Maple Syrup Producers. Yeah, that's a real story of larceny. Read on!
If you think Canadian maple syrup isn't a big deal, check out this segment from "The Daily Show" now:
As for that heist, over 20 people have been arrested in conjunction with the heist. The crime even resulted in the implication of a Vermont maple sugar candy producer after they were caught with 12 tanker trucks worth of stolen syrup, which ended up being traced back to the multi-million dollar theft of the delicious goo from a central warehouse in Quebec. And if you watched that above video, you won't be surprised to hear that this company supposedly bought this stuff from a syrup "kingpin" sometime in 2011 or 2012. This has the makings of a truly original comedy, with material ripe for some genius satire. Sound good?