Freeform continues to expand its development slate, giving the green light to a new project about mermaids. The cable channel ordered a pilot for the animated drama “The Deep.”
Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming and Development, for Freeform, announced the project today, with production set to begin in September in Vancouver.
“‘The Deep’ is a very different show than one would expect when they hear the word ‘mermaid’ — the mermaid tale has been reinvented in this pilot,” said Burke. “The writing is thrilling, stories complex and scary, and we are excited to explore the themes of obsession and violence through these amazing creatures.”
The announcement notes that the project is “a one-hour drama that takes us inside Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean.”
Eric Wald and Dean White will write and executive produce the pilot. Scott Stewart (“Dominion”) will direct. Brad Luff, Nate Hopper and RD Robb will also serve as executive producers. Emily Whitesell (“Finding Carter”) will serve as showrunner.
The announcement comes on the heels of Freeform’s pickup of the comedy pilot “Alone Together.” Other recently announced pickups, series and pilots include season six of the hit comedy “Baby Daddy,” the series “Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After,” “Famous in Love” and “Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger” and the pilot “Issues.”