'Precious' scribe seeks directorial venture

Geoffrey Fletcher, fresh from his surprise adapted screenplay Oscar win for “Precious,” is circling a directing project of his own.

“We’re looking at original scripts for me to direct,” he said, without providing details. “Right now it’s early but it’s gaining some momentum. That’s definitely something I’m looking to do.”

“I’m still in a state of disbelief,” Fletcher said less than 24 hours after his surprise win. “It’s a wonderful feeling as it gradually becomes real.”

There was little post-Oscar reaction from Fletcher, who was one of only two winners not to make it backstage for interviews. Fletcher said no one from the Academy asked him to come to the interview room. An Academy publicist in the interview room Sunday night said Fletcher had gone back to his seat and “we weren’t able to catch him.” By Monday night, Fletcher was thoroughly spent, having had a scant hour of sleep before heading to an Oprah interview and then on to meetings.

The Oscar win marked a remarkable ride for Fletcher, who embodies the old showbiz cliche about spending 20 years becoming an overnight success. The “Precious” screenplay was his first to go into production and his Oscar was the first awarded to an African-American for scriptwriting.

He’s already lined up his next scripting gig, writing about the Attica prison riot for a pic to be helmed by Doug Liman.

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