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Hollywood to film Beslan tragedy
A woman cries as she looks at portraits of those killed in Beslan's School No 1
Relatives and survivors say the full story is still to be told
A Hollywood film studio is planning to make a film about the 2004 Beslan school massacre.

Imagine Entertainment, the company behind The Da Vinci Code, and Universal Studios have bought the rights to a magazine article about the tragedy.

Chechen separatists have claimed responsibility for the siege at the Russian school, which killed 331 people, including 186 children.

The article, by CJ Chivers, will appear in next month's Esquire magazine.

Producer Brian Grazer, whose films include A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13, said the story "cried out to be told on the big screen".

Mr Chivers, who is the New York Times' Moscow correspondent, returned to the site of the massacre 18 months after the event to interview survivors.


The sole surviving suspect from the siege, Nur-Pashi Kulayev, has been on trial for just over a year.

On Tuesday, a judge at a court in southern Russia said Kulayev had committed an act of terrorism.

Tamerlan Aguzarov, chief justice of the high court in North Ossetia, began reading out the verdict in the trial of Nur-Pashi Kulayev, a process which is likely to take several days before the sentence is announced.

Kulayev faces several charges, including murder, over the attack.

Prosecutors have called for the death penalty. But as there is currently a moratorium on capital punishment in Russia, life imprisonment is more likely.



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