Apple has given a formal green light to Mosquito Coast, a drama series from Luther creator Neil Cross starring Justin Theroux. The series, directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), is based on the 1981 novel The Mosquito Coast by Justin’s uncle, Paul Theroux.
Mosquito Coast stars Justin Theroux as an idealist who uproots his family to Latin America. In the 1986 feature adaptation of the novel, directed by Peter Weir, the role was played by Harrison Ford.
The first episode of Apple’s adaptation is written by Cross and Tom Bissell, with Cross writing and showrunning the series.
Wyatt will executive produce and direct the first episode, as well as several more throughout the season.
Fremantle is the studio, producing with Veritas Entertainment Group whose Bob Bookman, Alan Gasmer, and Peter Jaysen will also executive produce, along with Ed McDonnell.
Veritas previously worked with Fremantle’s Euston Films on Dublin Murders for BBC/Starz.
Theroux headlined HBO’s drama series The Leftovers, which ran for three seasons and also co-starred on the Netflix limited series Maniac. He was recently seen in On the Basis of Sex and next voices Tramp in Disney’s Lady & the Tramp reboot.
This past weekend, Theroux won an Emmy as one of the executive producers of Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’, recognized for Outstanding Variety Special (Live). He’s repped by Lighthouse Management + Media and CAA.