Gilbert Adler and Joel Eisenberg Sign TV and Film First Look-Deal with Aethon Books, Developing Rhett C. Bruno’s ‘The Roach’


Aethon Books is notable for publishing works of fantasy and science fiction, such as Lou Diamond Phillips’ The Tinderbox: Soldier of Indira. And now it seems they are bringing fantasy to the TV screen.

According to Associated Press, Aethon Books has landed a deal with experienced producers Gilbert Adler and Joel Eisenberg for a first-look at Aethon’s library, making the library available and accessible for film and television rights. And first up for projects is a “multi-season episodic” of Rhett C. Bruno’s The Roach.

Here is a description of the superhero novel, courtesy of Amazon:

“A string of killings. An identity stolen. Only he can find the truth. Reese Roberts was the guardian of Iron City. Its fearless protector. The only one willing to do whatever it takes… until he was shot on the streets and left paralyzed from the waist down. Now, the vigilante known as the Roach has disappeared. Faded into legend. It’s been years since Reese could take on crime and clean up the streets. He’s a shriveled old drunk, living like a hermit and waiting for his life to end. All that’s left to do is wallow in the mistakes that led him here. To wonder, if he went too far. But when a copycat steals his suit and takes justice into his own hands, a new killer emerges, leaving brutal messages behind. He wants to eliminate the Roach for good this time. It’s time for Reese to reemerge from his shell and fight back. Who else can stop the flurry of killings? Definitely not the corrupt police department. Iron City needs the Roach again. Only, this time, he’ll need to save it without his legs.”

We’re excited to see how the producing dynamic duo will create a show based off of this unique superhero.

If you’d like to check out The Roach to prepare yourself for its upcoming television debut, click here.

Will you be watching?

Kailey has been a writer for Nerds and Beyond since 2018. She received her bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May of 2020. Some of her favorite TV shows are The Blacklist, Supernatural, and Prodigal Son, to name a few. She also loves all things Disney! You can check her out on social media @kaileygross.

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