Sometimes real life can be stranger than fiction and that is no more clearer than Amazon’s upcoming comedy series The Sticky which is inspired by the true story of one of the largest heists in the world. Not diamonds, money or a casino robbery. Nope, the item was… maple syrup.
The Sticky revolves around the 2011 robbery of maple syrup in Quebec, Canada. The culprits stole $18 million worth of Quebec’s national maple syrup reserves, which made up more than 70% of the world’s syrup supply.
The Sticky has been created by Brian Donovan and Ed Herro (Little Darlings). The pair wrote the pilot script and serve as showrunners with Kathryn Borel (Anne with an E). Donovan, Herro and Borel will executive produce with Jonathan Levine (Nine Perfect Strangers) directing and executive producing. Also executive producing are Knives Out and Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis through Comet Pictures and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Television.
The half-hour series will follow “Ruth Clarke, a tough, supremely competent middle-aged Canadian maple syrup farmer who’s had it with being hemmed in by the polite, bureaucratic conventions native to her country’s identity. Especially now that that very bureaucracy is threatening to take away everything she loves: Her farm, her comatose husband, and her right to manifest destiny. With the help of Remy Bouchard, a pint-sized local blockhead and an aging Mike Byrne, a low-level mobster, Ruth changes her fate—and transforms the future of her community with the theft of millions of dollars’ worth of maple syrup.”
“This story, about an unassuming band of renegades who managed to pull off perhaps the largest heist in Canadian history, caught our attention immediately,” said Donovan, Herro and Borel. “The characters, stakes—all were ripe for tapping (pun intended) for our fictional story. We’re thrilled that we have world-class partners on board to bring our vision for The Sticky to life.”
“When we read Ed and Brian’s pilot, not only was the story so strange and delightful, the whole genesis of their series came from an older woman whose life is being ruined by bureaucratic men and her deciding to finally stop taking their shit,” said Curtis and Goldman. “It’s the beginning of a crime story that will make for funny and riveting television.”
The Sticky will begin production in Montreal this fall.
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