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

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.

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

‘Portlandia’s Jonathan Krisel and Graham Wagner Set to […]