Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have hired Oliver Hirschbiegel to direct the drama, The School; Braulio Mantovani will write the screenplay.

The film follows the three-day siege of a Russian elementary school by armed Chechen rebels in 2004; Variety notes rebels turned the first day of school in Beslan into a bloody nightmare, seizing 1,100 hostages; by the time the smoke cleared, 300 were dead, including 31 terrorists.

No production schedule for The School has been set.