On Tuesday, producer Ryan Murphy tweeted that he and actress Sarah Paulson had been drinking wine to recover from the premiere of their new season of American Horror Story. Now it looks like they'll have a new reason to grab some drinks — but in this case, it's to celebrate.
Murphy and Paulson have yet another series in the works: a One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest prequel telling Nurse Ratched origin story, simply titled Ratched, which will stream on Netflix.
Yes, the sadistic Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest — who haunted your nightmares when you were forced to read the 1962 book and watch the 1975 movie adaptation in high school — is back. Actress Louise Fletcher won an Academy Award for her performance as one of the most notable pop culture villains; this time around, viewers will get a deeper look into how she became the horrifying passive-aggressive nurse.
The series, to be helmed by #RyanMurphy, went through a bidding war before Netflix won the rights and gave it a two-season, 18-episode order. #SarahPaulson, who is considered Murphy's go-to actress for the amount of projects they have worked on together, will star as the the young Nurse Ratched. The series will begin in 1947 and follow the woman's journey through the mental health system, tracing how she became the murderous nurse we are familiar with. By the time we get to know her character in the novel and film, she is the head nurse at the Salem State Hospital and has complete control over her patients and fellow colleagues, but her life before that point remains unknown.
Paulson will also executive produce alongside #AmericanHorrorStory creator Murphy, as well as Michael Douglas and Paul Zaentz from the Saul Zaentz Company, which owns the rights to the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It is important to note that Douglas produced the critically-acclaimed film, so this is a welcome return.
If the series does indeed lead up directly to the film, which takes place in 1963, it would be interesting to see some of the original characters reprised on screen, especially the patients who arrived before main character, Randle McMurphy, played by Jack Nicholson in the film. Or even some star-studded cameo appearances by original cast members like Louise Fletcher, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd.
The series has 16 years of Nurse Ratched's life to explore — and knowing Paulson's history of dynamic characters, she will undoubtedly knock it out of the park. Production for Ratched will reportedly begin in mid-2018. For now you can see Sarah Paulson currently starring in Ryan Murphy's anthology series American Horror Story: Cult on FX.
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