The comedy based on a real heist in Canada will be directed by Seth Gordon, while the R-rated animation has Conrad Vernon as the helmer.
The true story of maple syrup heist taking place in Canada is being adapted to the big screen. "How I Met Your Mother" actor Jason Segel is attached to star in the movie with "Identity Thief" helmer Seth Gordon serving as the director.
Pitched as a comedy with dramatic overtones, the project is picked up by Sony Pictures. According to Deadline, "Family Guy" writer Chris Sheridan is tapped to write the script, while Segel and Gordon will co-produce it along with Barry Josephson.
The story 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 a Quebec warehouse. More than 20 individuals were arrested in conjunction with the theft.
Aside from the maple syrup heist project, Sony also develops another movie with a culinary theme. The studio behind "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" collaborates with Annapurna Pictures to make R-rated animated film "Sausage Party".
The film will follow one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, he and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the Fourth of July sale.
It is written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (fresh off their directorial debut "This Is the End") along with Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir, based on a story by Rogen, Goldberg and Jonah Hill. Conrad Vernon ("Shrek 2", "Monsters vs. Aliens", "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted") will direct it with Greg Tiernan.