Apple TV+ drama ‘The Mosquito Coast,’ premieres globally on April 30th

Apple TV+ announced today that “The Mosquito Coast,” the widely anticipated drama series adapted from the best-selling novel and starring Justin Theroux, Melissa George, Logan Polish and Gabriel Bateman, will premiere globally with the first two episodes on Friday, April 30, followed by new episodes every Friday on Apple TV+. The news was unveiled today at the Television Critics Association Winter 2021 Press Tour, along with a first look at the Apple Original series.

Justin Theroux, Melissa George, Logan Polish and Gabriel Bateman in “The Mosquito Coast,” premiering April 30 on Apple TV+.
Justin Theroux, Melissa George, Logan Polish and Gabriel Bateman in “The Mosquito Coast,” premiering April 30 on Apple TV+.

From award-winning novelist and creator Neil Cross, and based on the best-selling book by Paul Theroux which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, “The Mosquito Coast” is a gripping adventure and layered character drama following the dangerous journey of a radical idealist and brilliant inventor, Allie Fox (played by Justin Theroux), who uproots his family for Mexico when they suddenly find themselves on the run from the US government.

The seven-episode series is executive produced by creator Neil Cross alongside Rupert Wyatt, who also directs the first two episodes, author Paul Theroux, star Justin Theroux and Edward L. McDonnell. Bob Bookman, Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen also serve as executive producers for Veritas Entertainment Group. “The Mosquito Coast” is a Fremantle Production.

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  1. Sadly, after reading the description and the teaser trailer, this effort is nowhere close to the original novel. Allie Fox uproots his family from their home in Massachusetts to leave the US because “the awfulness of America—how it got turned into a dope-taking, door-locking, ulcerated danger-zone of rabid scavengers and criminal millionaires and moral sneaks.”
    He deplores the stultification of the political process (“America’s in gridlock”); its disposable culture (“Selling junk, buying junk, eating junk”); and its corporate greed (“Dentists in the States had an interest in candy factories…Doctors owned hospitals. Detroit kept bankrolling oil-wells. America had terminal cancer!”). The only option left for a patriot, he decides, is to flee.

    So he is not “on the run from the US government” with all the sirens and gunfire in the trailer.
    But every show needs a violent chase scene, right?

    The farther he pulls his family away from civilization, the more he desires to get even farther away. The Mosquito Coast referred to from the novel is in Honduras, not Mexico, so the implied race to the border in the trailer is nowhere in the original work either.

    Allie simply wants to return to a simpler time, but finds that things are never that black and white anywhere now.
    His primary motivation is nowhere to be found in this derivation. And that robs this story of my interest.

    Approach with caution.

    1. Thanks for the summary . . . here is my recollection of the film Mosquito Coast (which is a loose adaptation of the original novel). In the film, Allie (Harrison Ford) believes that corporations and consumerism has taken over the country, and that motivates him to leave the U.S. and go where he can build a sort of ‘utopia’ for his family in the jungle . . . my takeaway from that film, and the actions of the main character Allie, is that he had invested so much energy in hating the system, and his desire to build a utopia, that he ended up neglecting his family, the very thing he tried to protect . . . I’m sure the handful of former U.S. military members, who took an oath to protect the country, at some point reflected after January 6, “Why did I just break into the Capitol?” . . . in other words, a person can have an “idea” take over their mind, and lead them down a certain road, and end up with a situation in which their kids are saying, “Dad, why are we here?” . . . In summary, it would be hard to evaluate the Mosquito Coast TV show prior to watching it, because it’s really about the “journey” of the protagonist as he tries to build this utopia, and it’s about how his family reacts as he goes on a journey into madness . . . Justin Theroux, the lead actor, is the nephew of the author of the original novel, so hopefully he insisted the producers keep the story on the right track.

  2. Jay, an excellent point. It never occurred to me the relevance of the novel to the events of Jan 6th.
    I also did not know Justin Theroux was the nephew of the author, that usually bodes well!
    Good post, friend!

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