Carl Franklin to direct ‘Maintenance’

Screen Gems adapting Baisden novel

Carl Franklin is set to direct “The Maintenance Man,” the Screen Gems adaptation of Michael Baisden’s novel about a gigolo in existential crisis.

Baisden, a syndicated radio host, wrote the script with Ralph Farquhar. Franklin’s Monarch Pictures partner Jesse Beaton is joining Farquhar and Dwayne Corbitt as producer.

The protagonist is a handsome Juilliard grad who puts his musical aspirations aside when he discovers he can make a fortune romancing married women. He gets tired of lying to a woman he’s fallen in love with.

Under president Clint Culpepper, Screen Gems has been aggressively programming urban-themed films, with “The Maintenance Man” ready to shoot later this year, a remake of “The Big Chill” on a fast track and the David E. Talbert-directed Ice Cube starrer “First Sunday” in production.

Franklin directed episodes of HBO’s “Rome” and will follow by helming segments of “The Pacific,” the WWII mini.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety