Mako Mermaids, a big-budget spin-off from kids series H20: Just Add Water, is set to air on TEN.
Filming on the $12.3 million series began on the Gold Coast yesterday.
Mako Mermaids centres on three mermaids, Sirena, Nixie and Lyla, ‘who are charged with the task of protecting their magical Mako Island from trespassers, only to be thwarted by the arrival of a 16 year-old land-dweller Zac – who forms a special connection with theisland and is granted a fish-like tail and amazing powers. Threatened by his existence, the mermaid pod are forced to move away, abandoning Sirena, Nixie and Lyla, who in a bid for survival must get legs, venture onto land, and take back Zac’s powers – or risk being outcasts forever.’
In the lead roles are Lucy Fry (Lightning Point, Reef Doctors), Ivy Latimer (Me & My Monsters, All Saints, Home & Away, Love My Way) and newcomer Amy Ruffle. Chai Romruen plays merman, Zac.
The 26 half-hour series from prolific producer Jonathan M. Shiff is directed by Evan Clarry and Grant Brown. Filming began just days after Reef Doctors, another JMS production, wrapped.
“Reef Doctors was undoubtedly our most ambitious project to date and our first foray into long-form series with a broad family appeal,” said Shiff.
“Lisa McCune and our wonderful cast have delivered an extraordinary series showcasing a grand adventure set against Australia’s tropical north. Now we are thrilled to commence immediate production on our next series. Children all over the world love mermaids – but now a merman opens up a whole new world of fantasy and action.”