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‘School’ a lesson for Universal

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have acquired the film rights to “The School,” a C.J. Chivers article in Esquire’s June issue about the siege of a Russian elementary school by heavily armed Chechen rebels. Chivers, the Moscow correspondent for the New York Times, 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, whose viewpoints give “The School” an emotional thrust and its movie potential.

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