I don’t really have the words to properly report this news, but I’m going to give it my best effort. Have you ever heard of the death-predicting cat, Oscar? It’s a pretty wacky story, actually. A Rhode Island nursing home adopted this kitten, now five years old. After a year of living there, the staff noticed that the feline would curl up at the feet of those who were mere hours away from death. While he didn’t help save any lives, Oscar did come to be used as a sort of early warning system, with nursing home staff letting family know whenever the cat did his curling up thing. And he’s still at it today!
A book was written on the subject, “Making the Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat,” and now it has been optioned for a movie, Variety reports. This is all besides the point though. Upon learning of this news, I had the following IM exchange with Josh Wigler about what the pitch for this story should really. It’s the sort of thing you might expect from an executive brainstorming session. IM handles have been changed to protect the innocent.
Wigler: good lord.
Rosenberg: if i had money, i would pay to make that a reality
Rosenberg: but i would change it
Rosenberg: death cat would literally be DEATH in cat form
Rosenberg: he’d go around with his little black cloak
Rosenberg: and his little tail scythe
Rosenberg: SUCKING THE LIFE OUT OF THE DOOMED
Wigler: I would watch the s–t out of that
Rosenberg: i’m thinking TV series
Rosenberg: with Howie Mandel voicing Death Cat’s inner monologue
Rosenberg: in a bastardization of his Gizmo voice
Wigler: Howie Mandel in anything
Wigler: Bobby’s World big screen reboot
Rosenberg: it’s like Quantum Leap, but everbody always dies and there’s no sad “will he ever go home” subplot
Interested TV pitchfolk can direct all inquiries to me here. Thanks to JoBlo for coining the awesomely hilarious moniker “Death Cat”… you guys definitely get some points.