‘Portlandia’s Jonathan Krisel and Graham Wagner Set to Make ‘Mermaids in Paradise’

jonathan kriselPortlandia writer/director Jonathan Krisel and writer Graham Wagner have just signed on to adapt Lydia Millet’s comic novel Mermaids in Paradise into a movie, their first. Here’s the synopsis:

On the grounds of a Caribbean island resort, newlyweds Deb and Chip — our opinionated, skeptical narrator and her cheerful jock husband who’s friendly to a fault — meet a marine biologist who says she’s sighted mermaids in a coral reef.

As the resort’s “parent company” swoops in to corner the market on mythological creatures, the couple joins forces with other adventurous souls, including an ex–Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and a hipster Tokyo VJ, to save said mermaids from the “Venture of Marvels,” which wants to turn their reef into a theme park.

Sounds pretty crazy, and squarely in the wheelhouse of two of the brains behind the delightful Portlandia.

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