Jason Segel Attached To Maple Syrup Heist Comedy

No, really... Seth Gordon's set to direct

Jason Segel

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 out of directing Horrible Bosses 2, is still attached to several projects, including cop comedy drama One Night On The Hudson, The Has-Beens and the WarGames remake, which appears stuck in a game of development tic tac toe (remember, sometimes the only winning move is not to play, people).

Segel is busy filming his latest comedy Sex Tape alongside Cameron Diaz. And when he’s not at work on that set, he’s finishing up sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which just kicked off its ninth and final year. Still, we'll be keeping an eye out for this sweet idea in the next year or two.