The only surviving hostage-taker in the 2004 Beslan School massacre is to have his life story turned into a new movie. Chechen activist NURPASHI KULAYEV, 25, who was sentenced to life in prison in a Russian court last week (26MAY06), will be the lead subject in the film, which culminates with the three-day siege that left 344 civilians dead, 186 of them schoolchildren. Award-winning screenwriter RICHARD LASSER, a former Russian interpreter in the Soviet Union, will write the film, tentatively titled BESLAN. Producer MATTHEW HOBBS says, "The film will focus on the families' lives leading up to the tragic siege, and the trial of Kulayev - a 25-year-old who was driven to murder."