Screen Gems Hires Maintenance Man


Screen Gems has acquired screen rights to The Maintenance Man, Michael Baisden’s bestselling novel about a gigolo in existential crisis. Variety says that syndicated radio host Baisden will write the script with Ralph Farquhar. Farquhar and Dwayne Corbitt will produce.

Baisden, a motivational speaker who hosts the ABC Radio Network show “Love, Lust and Lies,” covered all of those bases in his novel, which hit the bestseller lists after he self-published it in 1999.

The book concerns a handsome Julliard grad who puts his aspirations for a music career on the backburner after he becomes a male prostitute who makes a fortune as the hired companion of married women.