A bizarre true story covered in The Montreal Gazette reports that $20 million in maple syrup was stolen from a factory in Quebec, with the thieves smuggling the contents across the US border to sell. The case is still under investigation but Jason Segel is set to headline a comedy inspired by the events. Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses) has been hired to direct the film from a script by Chris Sheridan (Family Guy).
Sony Pictures is producing the film. With the release of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Friday and the recent announcement that Seth Rogen is making an animated movie in which the main character is a sausage, it seems that food driven comedies are a hot commodity for the studio.
Jason Segel is currently filming the comedy Sex Tape, in which he reunites with his Bad Teacher co-star and director, Cameron Diaz and Jake Kasdan, respectively. That film is due out on July 18th, 2014. Expect to see the currently untitled maple syrup heist comedy sometime in 2015.