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Bored of the psychic octopus but need a new fix of animals with uncanny powers? Well, your luck's in as Variety is reporting a film is in the works based on the extraordinary talents of Oscar - the death predicting cat.

Five-year old Oscar lives in the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island and has the ability to predict which patients are hours away from death. Staff at the center, which provides care for people with advanced dementia, noticed that Oscar would hold a vigil by curling up on a patient's chest. Sure enough, hours later the patient would pass away.

A best selling book, 'Making the Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat', is now being adapted by screenwriters Luis Ugaz and Stephen Lindsey (who has previous animal form with 'Hachi: A Dog's Tale', a 2009 Richard Gere yawnfest about canine/human love) for Anonymous Content and Wind Dancer Films.

Read more about Oscar the cat after the jump.... Bored of the psychic octopus but need a new fix of animals with uncanny powers? Well, your luck's in as Variety is reporting a film is in the works based on the extraordinary talents of Oscar - the death predicting cat.

Five-year old Oscar lives in the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island and has the ability to predict which patients are hours away from death. Staff at the center, which provides care for people with advanced dementia, noticed that Oscar would hold a vigil by curling up on a patient's chest. Sure enough, hours later the patient would pass away.

A best selling book, 'Making the Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat', is now being adapted by screenwriters Luis Ugaz and Stephen Lindsey (who has previous animal form with 'Hachi: A Dog's Tale', a 2009 Richard Gere yawnfest about canine/human love) for Anonymous Content and Wind Dancer Films.

Apparently the story will follow David Dosa (physician and author of the above book) and how the discovery of Oscar's gift impacts his life and work. According to Dosa, "[..]Oscar continues to hold vigils for departing patients - mostly to the delight of family members struggling to deal with the death of their loved ones. He continues to be mentioned routinely in obituaries and during funeral services."

It's still unconfirmed whether Oscar will be portrayed as a lovable CGI cat, voiced by Bill Murray in Garfield mode. Although it's already a heart-warming if somewhat morbid tale, having a deadpan Murray mumbling the last rites would certainly lift the film's entertainment value.