Masquerade: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles-based Dream Entertainment has optioned the rights to the book "Masquerade" by historian Alfred F. Young.

"Masquerade" tells the story of a woman, Deborah Sampson, who during the American Revolution fought as a Continental soldier disguised as a man named Robert Shurtliff. She later fought, and won, her long quest for a veteran pension.

It's the second recent high-profile pickup for the 10-year-old company, which also has optioned the Vanity Fair article "A First Class Affair" about the romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton during the filming of "The V.I.P.s."

Brian B.