No Equal nabs rights to Coupland’s The Gum Thief

The Toronto-based prodco previously collaborated with the celebrated author on the 2008 CBC series JPod.
J.B. Sugar

Toronto’s No Equal Entertainment has optioned the rights to Douglas Coupland’s 2007 novel The Gum Thief, with Coupland adapting his work for the big screen.

The Gum Thief follows the unlikely friendship between a 40-year-old aspiring novelist and a 20-something goth girl, who both work in an office supply superstore.

No Equal principal J.B. Sugar (pictured) is set to direct the film. Coupland, who received the B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in 2017, penned the screenplay.

The deal marks the second collaboration between Coupland and Sugar. In 2008, the duo adapted Coupland’s novel JPod for TV, with No Equal producing the 13-episode series for CBC.

While it only lasted one season, the one-hour drama developed a devoted audience. When the series ended, fans launched a campaign to try to convince the CBC to revive the show.

No Equal was launched in 1998 by J.B. Sugar’s father, Larry Sugar, and has since produced more than 300 episodes of television, including Bitten for Space, Syfy and Netflix.