Cynthia Nixon, Corey Stoll and Sharon Stone will all star in Ratched, Netflix’s new series based on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
The drama, which is created by TV powerhouse Ryan Murphy, was snapped up by Netflix in 2017, before Murphy signed an exclusive overall deal with the streaming giant. In one of the biggest deals of that year, Netflix ordered two seasons of 18 episodes right off the bat, with Murphy collaborator Sarah Paulson set to play a younger version of the infamous nurse from the Jack Nicholson movie (originally played by Louise Fletcher in an Oscar-winning turn).
Now, she’s got company, and it’s equally impressive, with Murphy assembling a star-studded ensemble that includes Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, Harriet Harris, Cynthia Nixon, Hunter Parrish, Amanda Plummer, Corey Stoll, Sharon Stone, and Finn Wittrock.
Murphy announced the news on Instagram, describing the principal players as “a true murderers’ row of talent”, adding that “so many of these actors are supremely talented folks who Sarah and I have both longed to work with”.
“Sarah, Cynthia, Judy, Amanda and Sharon, all doing scenes together? I cannot WAIT,” he commented.
The prequel series will take place in 1947, following Ratched’s journey that led her to become the stern-willed monster of Cuckoo’s Nest, as she makes her murderous way through the mental health care system. Newcomer Evan Romansky penned the script on spec, with Murphy then acquiring the rights to the character to make the script a reality. Michael Douglas, a producer on the original film, will exec-produce the series, alongside Murphy, who will direct the first episode. Paulson is also a producer, alongside Paul Zaentz, Saul Zaentz’s nephew.
Filming begins on the project this month.
Nurse Ratched: Ryan Murphy and Sarah Paulson Cuckoo’s Nest series heads to Netflix
7th September 2017
Ryan Murphy’s new Nurse Ratched series is heading to Netflix, following a major deal with the streaming giant.
With American Horror Story and American Crime Story under his belt, not to mention the commercial juggernaut that was Glee, Murphy is a force to be reckoned with on the small screen. Take him and throw in a premise spun off from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and have one of the most sought-after TV projects around.
Deadline reports that bidding for the origins drama was “very competitive”, with Netflix, Hulu and Apple all in the fight to nab the show for their own stable. Netflix, though, has emerged on top, ordering two seasons straight to series with 18 episodes apiece. Reportedly one of the biggest deals of the year, it’s an agreement that will reunite Murphy with American Crime Story and Horror Story star Sarah Paulson, who will play a younger version of the infamous Nurse Ratched from the Jack Nicholson movie. The role was originally played by Louise Fletcher, who won Best Actress at the Oscars, one of five Academy Awards for the movie.
Not unlike the Bates Motel series, Ratched is a prequel series and will start in 1947, following her path to becoming the stern-willed monster of Cuckoo’s Nest, as she makes her murderous way through the mental health care system.
The show is written by newcomer Evan Romansky, who penned the script on spec. That found its way to Murphy by CAA agent Joe Cohen, who then spent a year getting the rights to the character, as well as the participation of the Saul Zaentz estate and the film’s producer, Michael Douglas.
Douglas will executive produce the series alongside Murphy, who will direct the opening episode. Aleen Keshishian, Margaret Riley and Jacob Epstein of Lighthouse Management & Media, which managed Romansky, are also on board as EPs, with the writer on co-EP duties. Paulson will be a producer alongside Paul Zaentz, Saul Zaentz’s nephew.
After a long, prolific – and ongoing – relationship with Fox, the project marks Murphy’s first streaming series. The project is still produced by Fox 21, as part of Murphy’s 20th Century Fox TV overall deal.
Production is set to start in mid-2018.