Jason Segel is tapped to star in a Hollywood movie about a bunch of Canadians who steal not gold, not silver, but maple syrup. Get it? Maple syrup? Because Canada?
It sounds like a punchline to a bad Canuck joke, but it actually happened. Last year, as many as 20 sticky-fingered men and women committed the most Canadian crime ever, and stole a whopping $18-million dollars worth of maple syrup from a storage facility in Quebec from 2011 to 2012. Quebec is the world's leading supplier of the liquid gold, with 71% of global production. You couldn't make this up if you tried.
Sony Pictures acquired the rights to a comedy based on the events, now dubbed the “Great Maple Syrup Caper”, and has, according to mainstream Canadian media, set up American Jason Segel to star in the flick. Segel is well known for his roles in How I Met Your Mother, The Muppets, and, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. CBC reports that Seth Gordon, who last worked on Identity Thief will direct, and the script is in the hands of Family Guy's Chris Sheridan.
The story will be based on journalist Anne Sutherland's coverage of the events in the Montreal Gazette.
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