Following on from the news that Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”) will star in a new Apple series from “Luther” creator Neil Cross and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt, specifics of the project have been revealed.
Variety reports that the series will be a new adaptation of the famed 1981 novel “The Mosquito Coast” from author Paul Theroux who is the actor’s uncle. Cross is adapting the book for television in addition to serving as showrunner and co-writing the first episode of the series with Tom Bissell. Wyatt will executive produce and direct multiple episodes including the first episode.
The story follows a family where the idealist father uproots them from their home in the United States and tries to find a happier and simpler life in the jungles of Central America. However, their paradise quickly turns into a dystopia as his stubborn behavior becomes increasingly erratic and aggressive.
The story deals with the theme of that loss of innocence time when every child comes to realise their father is just a man and often one with plenty of failings. Peter Weir directed the 1986 film adaptation which starred Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, and River Phoenix.
Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Bob Bookman will also executive produce the series. Apple’s streaming service, Apple TV+, will launch November 1st.