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'Precious' Author Geoffrey Fletcher Talks Eccentric Girl-Assassin Debut 'Violet & Daisy,' Starring Ronan and Bledel

“Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire” was Geoffrey Fletcher’s first professionally produced script. “The irony,” he said back in 2009, “is that I feel like I’m a veteran at the same time.” After all, he was directing homemade, stop-motion thrillers -- starring his toys -- when he was 14. As a psych major at Harvard, he made noirs and docs. And as a graduate film student at NYU, he made “Magic Markers,” which caught the attention of both John Singleton and “Precious” director Lee Daniels, who asked him to adapt the Sapphire book. The result was an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the first won by an African-American.
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 7, 2013 4:21 PM
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