TORONTO—April 13, 2022—Prime Video today announced the new Canadian Amazon Original series The Sticky. The Quebec-set, English-language episodic comedy series is inspired by the true story dubbed the “Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist,” which made headlines around the world in 2011. The heist saw more than $18 million (CAD) of Quebec’s national maple syrup reserves stolen—which represent more than 70% of the global maple syrup supply. The series is slated to start filming in Montreal in late fall. The Sticky will be available exclusively on Prime Video in 240 countries and territories worldwide.
The Sticky is a half-hour series revolving around 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 freedom. With the help of Remy Bouchard, a pint-sized local blockhead and 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. Brian Donovan and Ed Herro (Little Darlings) wrote the pilot script and will executive produce and co-showrun alongside Canadian co-showrunner/executive producer and Kathryn Borel (Anne with an E). Jonathan Levine (Nine Perfect Strangers) will direct and executive produce.
“We are thrilled to be working with this incredible lineup of talent behind the scenes to bring this story to life,” said Christina Wayne, head of Originals, Canada at Amazon Studios. “The Amazon Studios team in Canada couldn’t resist these characters and a story centred on delicious stolen goods is perfect for our Prime Video audience.”
“The Sticky is a unique story that can only be set in Quebec and a crime caper that we think audiences around the world will enjoy,” said producer Chris McCumber, president of Blumhouse Television. “Not only did it make total sense to partner with Amazon Studios’ development team in Canada, but Canada has some of the best talent working in front of and behind the camera.”
“This story, about an unassuming band of renegades who managed to pull off perhaps the largest heist in Canadian history, caught our attention immediately. 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,” said co-showrunners Brian Donovan, Ed Herro, and Kathryn Borel.
“We fell in love with this beautiful, tense, hilarious script, and the story of a group of underdogs who have been stepped on by the establishment for long enough, and decide it’s time to fight back. This is a story for our time and we couldn’t be happier than to have found a home for this wild tale with Prime Video,” said producers Jonathan Levine and Gillian Bohrer, Megamix.
“Comet Pictures is proud to be producing The Sticky with Blumhouse, Prime Video, and our partners. 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 s**t. It’s the beginning of a crime story that will make for funny and riveting television,” said producers Jamie Lee Curtis and Russell Goldman.
“We’re thrilled to be working for the first time with Blumhouse, Prime Video, and our other partners on The Sticky,” said producer Bruno Dubé, president and CEO of Sphere Media. “To be able to showcase our national talent in front and behind the screen by telling the story of this unique and iconic Canadian crime is a great honour.”
The Sticky is produced by Blumhouse founder & CEO Jason Blum’s indie studio Blumhouse Television, Jonathan Levine’s Megamix, Jamie Lee Curtis’ Comet Pictures, and Canadian producers Sphere Media. Executive producers Brian Donovan and Ed Herro; Jonathan Levine and Gillian Bohrer for Megamix; Jamie Lee Curtis for Comet Pictures; Josée Vallée and Bruno Dubé for Sphere Media Inc.; Jason Blum, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse Television. Russell Goldman is an associate producer for Comet Pictures. Previously announced projects with Blumhouse Television include The Horror of Dolores Roach starring Justina Machado, based on the wildly popular Spotify podcast; the recently acquired Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film Nanny from director Nikyatu Jusu; and the eight films under the Welcome to the Blumhouse banner released in 2020 and 2021.
The Sticky will join the thousands of TV shows and movies from Hollywood and around the world in the Prime Video catalog, including award-winning and critically acclaimed Amazon Originals like Reacher, The Boys, The Wheel Of Time, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, and Emmy- and Golden Globe-winners Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Prime members will be able to watch all episodes of The Sticky anywhere and anytime on the Prime Video app for smart TVs, mobile devices, Fire TV, Fire TV stick, Fire tablets, Apple TV, and stream online. In the Prime Video app, Prime members can download episodes on their mobile devices and tablets and watch anywhere offline at no additional cost. Prime Video is available in Canada at no extra cost to a Prime membership for just CAD$ 99/year or CAD$ 9.99/month (plus applicable taxes), new customers can find out more at www.primevideo.com and subscribe to a free 30-day trial.