Hot off the series premiere of American Horror Story: Cult, Deadline has reported that Ryan Murphy is developing a Nurse Ratched series for Netflix, starring Sarah Paulson. Billed as an origin story, the series will follow Ratched from a young nurse to the full fledged monster she becomes in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Similar to the Bate’s Motel origin adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, fans should expect to see some strong liberties taken with the character’s back story, though details are currently very limited. As in American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy will direct the first episode of Ratched with first time writer Evan Romanksy penning the series. Production is set to begin early 2018 with Murphy’s muse Sarah Paulson leading the cast as the eponymous Nurse Ratched.
Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was originally adapted by Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas (who also carries a producing credit in Ratched) as a feature in 1975. The film follows McMurphy who is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable after pleading insanity to escape labour duties in prison. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse.
Directed by Milos Forman, the film would go on to win 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress in a Leading Role for Louise Fletcher’s performance as Nurse Ratched.
Racthed marks Ryan Murphy’s first foray into a streaming series with the 2 season, 18-episode Netflix deal. Murphy’s previous shows has become some of today’s most viewed programs, including the Emmy award winning The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Feud, and American Horror Story.