Apple orders ‘Mosquito Coast’ TV series starring Justin Theroux

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Justin Theroux will star in a TV series adaptation of “The Mosquito Coast,” based on the novel by his uncle Paul Theroux, for Apple TV+.

Joe Otterson for Variety:

The story follows an idealist who uproots his family and moves them to Latin America. Neil Cross is adapting the book for television in addition to serving as showrunner…

Justin Theroux’s last TV starring role was in the Netflix limited series “Maniac.” He also starred in the critically-acclaimed HBO series “The Leftovers,” which ended after three seasons on the premium cabler in 2017. On the film side, he has starred in projects like “American Psycho,” “Zoolander,” and “The Girl on the Train.”

“The Mosquito Coast” was originally published in 1981. It was previously adapted into a film of the same name in 1986. That version starred Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, and River Phoenix.

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    1. Ford’s character moves his family to the jungle to escape WW3 (because, muh Reagan, or muh Star Wars – the left must keep you in fear of something – nuclear war, nuclear power, global warming, climate change, mass shootings, etc., that will motivate you to bleat in acceptance of their emotional pleas to give their failed ideas one more chance). While there, hypocritically, he begins introducing some of the things he railed against in America to the poor savages of the jungle – because they need someone to show them how they should live. A missionary family is also featured, as he must have someone from the right to torment because they have the sheer audacity to teach the poor savages how to live in a fashion differing from his. In the end, the mental illness that underlies his ideology boils to the surface, leading him to bomb the missionaries’ aircraft, resulting in the missionary father shooting him. He dies from his wound, his warped ideology consuming him and very nearly his entire family. The remainder of his family return to FUCKING AMERICA, to resume their lives.

      It reminds me of all the leftists who ‘threatened’ to move out of the US, when President Trump took office, except that Ford’s character had the guts to actually do what he said he’d do. Instead, we get to see their mental illness play out on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Reddit.

    1. I think you have answered your own question to be honest. The basic theme was Man uproots family from cosy and to him mundane suburban life to an existence of supposed adventure in a place thats exactly the opposite, without even the most basic of mod cons, with the aim of being self sufficient. In the film if I remember right it then went off into a somewhat schizophrenia increasingly nightmarish series of events as if a totally new writer had suddenly taken over with a keen interest in horror or disaster episodes of the Simpsons. If that structure is going to work at all I can see it being much more possible to do so in a Series format than a film one that seems to be trying to cut and shunt a whole series of diverse elements into a 2 hour format. Same argument goes for the Foundation trilogy they are working on. Both still leave room for a lost cause mind if not done correctly.

  1. Definitely seems like an interesting concept. I think I’ll wait to watch the new one, then watch the original movie. Heaven forbid I read the book. I might actually figure out what the author was trying to say.

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