Precious director Lee Daniels has added to his growing production slate, coming aboard to develop and helm Anna in the Tropics.

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."

Lee Daniels will develop Anna in the Tropics while he continues to work on Selma.