THE 25TH HOUR David Benioff (Carroll & Graf, $24) The author’s first novel, about Wall Street brokers and middle-class white drug dealers, is in development at Industry Entertainment as a starring and producing vehicle for Tobey Maguire.

THE HUMAN STAIN Philip Roth (Knopf, $14) Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman will star in Lakeshore Entertainment’s adaptation of Roth’s novel set against the backdrop of the 1998 Clinton impeachment scandal.

CLOUD OF SPARROWS Takashi Matsuoka (Bantam, scheduled for 2002) Universal paid seven figures to acquire rights to the Japanese author’s debut novel, about two rival 19th-century samurai lords.