Lee Daniels Adapting Anna in the Tropics

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Precious director Lee Daniels will develop and direct Anna in the Tropics, an adaptation of Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer and Steinberg Prize-winning Broadway play, says The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the trade, “the story is set in 1920s Tampa, then the seat of cigar-making industry and featured an imported Cuban tradition of lectors reading to workers. Inspired by Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Tropics centers on a family of cigar rollers whose lives are changed by the power of literature.”

Daniels is set to develop the script with Cruz while he also works on his civil rights project Selma.