A Little Mermaid TV series in in the works – set 15 years after events of the film

Comedy series Washed Up will reportedly find Ariel trapped in a loveless marriage

The Little Mermaid, Getty

The Little Mermaid is one of the latest classic Disney animations to be adapted into a live action film – and now it looks like it could get a follow up TV series as well.

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According to Deadline, a comedy series titled Washed Up is in development from Gracie Glassmeyer – a writer-producer who has previously written for hit comedy show Jane the Virgin and CBS sitcom 9JKL.

The series will reportedly pick up the Little Mermaid story 15 years after the events of the animated film and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale – with the now tailless Ariel said to be trapped in a loveless marriage.

It will reportedly see the princess embark on an adventure to save humankind – and her underwater kingdom – after her father is suddenly and suspiciously declared dead.

No casting has been announced for the show – but it is not in any way linked to the upcoming live action Disney remake.

The show is being made for new US streaming service Peacock, which is set to launch this July, while it is not yet clear when the series will be released or where it will be made available in the UK.

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The live action Little Mermaid film, which is set to star Halle Bailey as Ariel and Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, does not have an official release date – with late 2021 probably the earliest we could expect to see it, especially bearing in mind the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.