‘Cat’ scratch again

U, Overbrook pact for remake

Universal Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment have pacted to develop a remake of Jacques Tourneur’s 1942 horror-thriller “Cat People.”

Rafael Moreu, who penned UA’s recent release “The Rage: Carrie 2,” has been hired to pen the screenplay, which will be updated to the ’90s and set in New York.

Pic will be produced by Overbrook partners Will Smith and James Lassiter along with Tony Ludwig and Alan Riche, who brought the project to Overbrook.

Feline frenzy

Overbrook’s “Cat People” would be the second remake of Tourneur’s pic. Paul Schrader reworked the film in 1982 from DeWitt Bodeen’s original story based on a Serbian legend about a breed of people descended from ancient couplings of women with big felines. When one of their number enters into a jealous rage (or engages in sex in the Schrader version), she physically reverts back to her animalistic roots, changing into a panther or other member of the cat family and must kill before becoming human again.

Schrader’s erotic horror story starred Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell.

Moreu (“Hackers”) is expected to begin writing the screenplay shortly. The scribe, who is repped by Writers & Artists Agency’s Jim Stein, is currently penning “Devil’s Playground” for UA.