George C Wolfe has come on to direct Mankind Entertainment’s adaptation of playwright Nilo Cruz’s Broadway hit Anna In The Tropics.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Hispanic theatre classic is set in a Cuban cigar factory in Tampa, Florida, in the early 20th century around the time of the Great Depression.
Wolfe (pictured) earned an Emmy nomination for his HBO Film Lackawanna Blues and also directed Nights In Rodanthe for Warner Bros.
Austin-based Mankind’s John Martinez O’Felan and Joe Lamy acquired, developed and will produce Anna In The Tropics.
Filming will take place in early 2015 in Puerto Rico as a follow-up to Mankind recently greenlit film Castro’s Daughter. Cruz co-wrote that film with Bobby Moresco.
“We are very excited at the opportunity to work with Nilo again on our next project,” said O’Felan. “As the first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama, he’s proven to crack the cross-culture code on the live theatre platform and we are very honored to work with him to take his one-of-a-kind play to the next level.
“As part of our company’s focus is to develop films for the 51m-and-growing Hispanic audience in America, this nis the perfect follow up to Castro’s Daughter.”