Daniels will develop the script with Nilo Cruz, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning play the project is based on. The story is set in Tampa, Florida in the 1920s and centers on a family of cigar rollers whose lives are profoundly affected by literature, particularly Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Here's what Nilo Cruz said about the project:
I always saw it as a film. Even though I wrote is as a play, I just think it has endless possibilities as a film. The play itself is full of images and I want to open it up to the world film offers."