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THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday, scheduled for 2003) Producer Wendy Finerman (Forrest Gump) optioned the former Vogue assistant’s novel about a demanding editor in chief and her much-abused underling.

THE DESERT ROSE Larry McMurtry (Scribner, $12) After a series of false starts, Columbia Pictures reoptioned the Texan’s tale of an aging Vegas casino dancer with a good set of gams. Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle) will direct.

THE COMPANY Robert Littell (Overlook, $28.95) Columbia Pictures paid seven figures for the film rights to Littell’s doorstop-size CIA spy thriller.