The famed 1981 novel The Mosquito Coast is coming to the small screen. Justin Theroux will adapt the book, written by his own uncle Paul Theroux. Justin (The Leftovers) will also star.
This adaption will find a home on Apple’s streaming service and the whole gig will be run by Luther creator Neil Cross. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt will also be involved and is expected to direct some episodes. Tom Bissell will co-write with Theroux.
The story is a cautionary tale. An idealist father uproots his comfortable family from their soft, easy life in the USA to live a simpler life in Central America.
When the reality doesn’t live up to his vision, he stubbornly refuses to change direction. As his behavior becomes increasingly erratic his family starts to fracture and he eventually leads his family into danger.
A key theme is the loss of innocence in a child’s eyes when they realize their parents are just fellow humans with flaws and shortcomings. In particular the very harsh reality that awaits every son when they stop blindly hero worshipping their father, and the effect that has on their father in turn.
Peter Weir directed the 1986 film adaptation. Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren and River Phoenix starred in the well-received movie.
Apple’s streaming service, Apple TV+, will launch November 1st.