United Artists has bought the rights to the non-fiction book, The Birthday Party from Stanley Alpert; Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner are producing.

The novel follows the prosecutor's account of a night in 1998 when he was kidnapped; Variety adds the assistant U.S. attorney was returning from a blind date when he was accosted by three gunmen. Originally intent on siphoning $1,000 from his ATM, the thugs revised their plan upon learning from Alpert that he had $100,000 in the bank. During the time they held him hostage in a Queens, N.Y., apartment, a bit of bonding ensued.

No production schedule has been scheduled for The Birthday Party.