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Family Guy writer Chris Sheridan penned the screenplay, based on a daring 2012 heist where $20 million worth of maple syrup was siphoned from 16,000 45-gallon barrels at Quebec's Federation of Maple Syrup Producers. More than 20 people have been arrested in connection with the heist, after investigators found the syrup in a New Brunswick facility. While the heist is still under investigation, it is believed that the syrup was hauled away in some type of tanker truck.
Richard Gere plays a gregarious hedonist who finds a renewed sense of purpose by desperately ingratiating himself into the lives of a young couple (Fanning, James). [Source: Deadline]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
Wes Chatham ("The Help") and Elden Henson ("Deja Vu") have been cast as brothers Castor and Pollux, the pair are members of a camera crew. Omid Abtahi is also onboard as expert sharpshooter Homes. [Source: Twitter]
Untitled Maple Syrup Comedy
Jason Segel will produce and is attached to star in an untitled maple syrup heist comedy for Sony Pictures.
- Garth Franklin
The case is still ongoing, but arrests have been made, revealing that the thieves were smuggling the syrup over the border into the Us.
Gordon and Segel will produce the maple syrup film with Barry Josephson. »
• Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine) are in talks to star in the Bobby Fischer film Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as the chess genius. Ed Zwick (Love & Other Drugs, Blood Diamond) is set to direct the movie about Fischer’s historic match against Russian chess champion Boris Spassky (Schreiber). Sarsgaard would take on the role of a priest who helps Fischer get through the trying time. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
Make no mistake: maple syrup is serious business in Canada, where it’s a precious commodity and treated with the respect usually reserved for oil elsewhere. Now someone thinks a comedy could be made from a real-life heist of the stuff – several someones, in fact, with Sony nabbing the rights to the story for Jason Segel to star and Seth Gordon to direct. Inspired by real events chronicled by reporter Anne Sutherland in the Montreal Gazette, Family Guy writer Chris Sheridan is cooking up the story of how more than $20 million worth of the sticky stuff was nicked from Quebec’s Federation of Maple Syrup Providers in 2012. At least 20 arrests have been made in conjunction with the case (the Mounties do, after all, always get their man). Like we said: syrup is serious business, even if it doesn't quite carry the obvious weight of, say, Argo...Gordon, who recently dropped »
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 »
- Ethan Anderton
Sony has ordered some syrup to go with its sausage.
After greenlighting fellow food-related comedy "Sausage Party," the studio announced that it has also signed up Jason Segel to star in a movie based on a real-life Canadian maple syrup heist.
The as-yet-untitled project, directed by Seth Gordon ("Identity Thief," "Horrible Bosses"), will tell the story of a ring of thieves who stole more than $20 million worth of maple syrup from Quebec's Federation of Maple Syrup Producers in 2012. More than 20 people have been arrested in connection with the crime.
The script, to be penned by "Family Guy" scribe Chris Sheridan, will draw from the reporting of Montreal Gazette writer Anne Sutherland. It's being billed as a "comedy with dramatic overtones," though the stranger than fiction sticky situation strikes us as more seriously funny than just plain serious.
It's unclear who Segel will be playing, but as long as it involves »
- Katie Roberts
Just days after the final suspect has been arrested in connection with one of the most massive maple syrup heists in Canada’s history, Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to a pitch that will turn the whole story into a comedy starring Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets star Jason Segel. Let’s back up and look a little bit closer at the story that’s inspiring this tale though, because despite what Hollywood might think, syrup thievery is no laughing matter. Especially to Canadians. Anne Sutherland of the “Montreal Gazette” was the first journalist to break the story that, between the dates of August 1, 2011 and July 20, 2012, a gang of sticky-fingered syrup thieves had siphoned off the contents of 16,000 45 gallon barrels of maple syrup that were being stored in a warehouse located in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, which is about 95 kilometers southwest of Quebec City. In total, the thieves were said to be knee-deep in $20 million worth of sticky »
- Nathan Adams
Sony Pictures has just acquired a stranger-than-fiction pitch that will see Jason Segel playing a maple syrup thief. Inspired by real events reported by Anne Sutherland in the Montreal Gazette, the film chronicles the 2012 heist of over $20 million worth of maple syrup that was stolen from Quebec’s Federation of Maple Syrup Producers (this is a real thing that exists). As of now, over 20 individuals have been arrested in connection to the maple syrup crime (also a thing that exists). Segel is attached to star and Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is onboard to direct. Hit the jump for more. Per Deadline, Segel is attached to star in the currently untitled pic and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon is set to helm, with the duo also acting as producers alongside Barry Josephson. Family Guy veteran Chris Sheridan is currently writing the script. The film is described as a comedy with dramatic overtones, »
- Adam Chitwood
Sony Pictures has picked up a pitch centering around a true-life Canadian maple syrup heist that has Jason Segel attached to star and Seth Gordon attached to direct. Chris Sheridan, a writer on Family Guy, will write the script. Photos: Stick 'Em Up! 20 Heist Movies That Stole the Show The dramedy is based on a real heist that occurred last year when more than $20 million worth of maple syrup was stolen from a Quebec warehouse. More than 20 people were arrested in conjunction with the crime, the last only six days ago. The pitch is using reporting
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: Sony Pictures has just acquired what’s described to me as a Canadian maple syrup heist comedy pitch. Jason Segel is attached to star, and Identity Thief helmer Seth Gordon will direct. Family Guy vet Chris Sheridan is writing the script. Barry Josephson is producing with Gordon and Segel. The comedy with dramatic overtones is inspired by real events reported in the Montreal Gazette by journalist Anne Sutherland. Over $20 million worth of maple syrup was stolen in 2012 from Quebec’s Federation of Maple Syrup Producers and to date, over 20 individuals have been arrested in conjunction with the heist as prosecutors try to make the charges stick. Sony seems to be fattening up in the culinary genre after making the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs films and today announcing the Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg animated film Sausage Party, that topped by Canadian maple syrup. Wait, is Sausage Party a »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Jason Segel is set to headline a still-untitled comedy inspired by a true case of mass syrup theft. Seth Gordon ( Identity Thief , Horrible Bosses ) will direct from a script by Chris Sheridan ("Family Guy"). In August 2012, news broke in the Montreal Gazette that 10,000 barrels of the sweet, sticky liquid were stolen from Quebec's International Strategic Reserve. Although the case is still under investigation, many arrests have already taken place and revealed that the thieves had been smuggling the syrup across the Us border to sell. Segel, whose final season of "How I Met Your Mother" launched last night, next appears on the big screen in the Sony comedy Sex Tape , set for release on July 18, 2014. Barry Josephson will produce alongside Gordon and »
A slate of new comedy pilots, including John Leguizamo’s project at CBS, have casting directors attached, Backstage has learned. Leguizamo’s untitled project with “Family Guy” producer Chris Sheridan will look at the comedian’s life on the Upper West Side and how it contrasts with his roots in the Bronx. The ABC pilot is being cast by Alexis Koczara and Christine Shevchenko. It’s set to shoot in April. CBS’s untitled Tad Quill project will be cast by Julie Ashton. The pilot centers on a recently widowed father of a preteen son who tries to start dating again. It shoots in April. “Jacked Up,” a CBS comedy pilot about a beloved baseball player (“Rules of Engagement” star Patrick Warburton) who has trouble filling his days post-retirement, will be cast by Tracy Lilienfield. It shoots in March. Lilienfield is also casting “Ground Floor” for TBS, a multi-camera comedy »
Exclusive: Comedy veteran Jeff Astrof (Grounded For Life) has come on board to write and executive produce ABC’s comedy pilot co-created and starring John Leguizamo as the project changes formats from single- to multi-camera. The untitled comedy is based on Leguizamo’s life as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York as reflected in his one-person shows. Woven into this world are his privileged wife, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries are getting spoiled and losing touch with reality. Leguizamo first signed a deal with ABC and ABC Studios last February with the intention to develop a single-camera comedy inspired by his life for him to star in and executive produce with Golenberg and Mandeville, the »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
John Leguizamo's last effort to get a show on ABC didn't work out -- the network passed on "The Kings of Van Nuys," a comedy he starred in, last season.
He's taking another shot with the network, though, this time with a show based on his own life.
Leguizamo will star in a pilot based loosely on his life as a husband and father living on Manhattan's affluent Upper West Side while trying to stay connected to his roots in the Bronx. Leguizamo also co-wrote the story for the pilot with Chris Sheridan ("Family Guy," "Titus").
Other pilot news:
- Kevin Pollak ("The Usual Suspects," "Shark") has joined the cast of CBS' "Beverly Hills Cop" series, which stars Brandon T. Jackson as the son of Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy, who will appear in and is an executive producer of the pilot). He'll play the in-house counsel for the Beverly Hills Pd, »
ABC just ordered a third comedy pilot starring John Leguizamo in twelve months. The untitled multi-camera comedy is based on Leguizamo’s life as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York as reflected in his one-person shows. Woven into this world are his privileged wife, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries are getting spoiled and losing touch with reality. Leguizamo co-wrote the story for the pilot with former Family Guy executive producer/co-showrunner Chris Sheridan. Sheridan wrote the teleplay and executive produces with Leguizamo, Leguizamo’s longtime manager Jeff Golenberg of the Collective, the company’s Sam Maydew as well as Mandeville’s David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Maria Crenna. The project has been in the works »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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