Roland Emmerich's next: According to Variety, Roland Emmerich has made a deal to turn Peter Landesman's Jan. 25 New York Times Magazine cover story about sex slaves, "The Girls Next Door", into a feature film that he will direct.

Emmerich, who is in post-production on summer pic The Day After Tomorrow, is working up a story with Landesman and Rosilyn Heller.

Emmerich and Heller are eyeing a three-character storyline. One will center on a Ukrainian girl promised a better life in America and coerced to become a sex slave. Another will revolve around a young Mexican girl kidnapped and pressed into prostitution. The third concerns her brother, who joins forces with a cop who discovers he is the father of a young daughter who also has been kidnapped and is likely a sex slave.