Short stories are often snapped up as fodder for potential film, and when they’ve A) been published in as prestigious a publication as The New Yorker and B) become that magazines’ most downloaded and widely read pieces overall in 2017, there’s even more impetus. Which goes some way to explain why we’ll be getting an adaptation of Kristen Roupenian’s Cat People starring Succession‘s Nicholas Braun and Locke & Key‘s Emilia Jones.

The Spy Who Dumped Me‘s Susanna Fogel will direct the film, with Michelle Ashford writing the script. Cat Person chronicles the brief relationship between Margot, a twenty-year-old sophomore college student, and Robert, an older man who is a regular at the movie theater where Margot works. What begins as a text chat quickly becomes uncomfortable as Robert becomes… well, it would be spoiling things to say more.

“Using Kristen’s excruciatingly well-observed short story about the horrors of dating as the jumping off point for an actual genre film, Cat Person will explore the hellscape of modern romance and the idea that we have all been the villain in someone else’s story, and the victim in others,” said Fogel. You can find the story itself here.

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