Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have bought the rights to The School.

The film is based on a C.J. Chivers article in Esquire's June issue about the siege of a Russian elementary school by Chechen rebels. Variety adds Chivers was the Moscow correspondent for the New York Times and covered the ordeal as it unfolded over three days in 2004, ending with the deaths of about 300 of the 1,100 hostages; 31 terrorists also were killed. Chivers returned to the town of Beslan 18 months later to interview the survivors, which will be the main focal and emotional point of the film.

No production schedule is set for The School.