Russian School Gets UA93 Treatment

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set Oliver Hirschbiegel (“Downfall”, “The Invasion”) to direct and Braulio Mantovani (“City of God”) to write “The School.”

Brian Grazer will produce the drama about the three-day siege of a Russian elementary school by armed Chechen rebels in 2004 reports Variety.

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.

The writer and director would like to shoot the film in Russian language and populate it with Russian actors and non-pros to make it more believable.