Ryan Murphy is bringing Ratched, a TV series about the origin of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest‘s infamous nurse, to Netflix, and here’s what we know. One of TV’s most prolific producers in recent memory, Murphy boasts a track record of success most would love to have. Murphy’s resume includes, but is by no means limited to, American Horror Story, Glee, Nip/Tuck, American Crime Story, and Scream Queens. After years working with Fox and its various networks, Murphy is now in bed with Netflix, starting with the recent series The Politician.
Murphy currently has multiple other film and TV projects in the works with Netflix, as the streaming giant attempts to maintain its place as the top dog in at-home entertainment. One of these projects is Ratched, which serves as an origin story for the titular Nurse Mildred Ratched, one of fiction’s most reviled villains. Ratched is best known to most for her Oscar-winning portrayal by Louise Fletcher in director Milos Forman’s 1975 film adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which started as novel by Ken Kesey, and had also been a Broadway play.
Playing Nurse Ratched in the Netflix series is Murphy’s frequent muse Sarah Paulson, who has earned raves repeatedly on American Horror Story and American Crime Story. The lead character is certainly in good hands, but here’s the rest of the info we know about Ratched.
Ratched was first ordered straight to series by Netflix in September 2017, making it a long time coming at this point. So eager was Netflix to land the project that they committed to two seasons up front. By early 2019, Ratched was confirmed as having begun filming, although it’s not clear at the moment how much has been filmed to date, as no wrap announcement was ever made. That said, Netflix still has yet to book any kind of specific premiere date for Ratched, but considering the Coronavirus pandemic keeping viewers inside, 2020 may be a great time to launch the show, assuming at least season 1 is done.
Outside of Sarah Paulson’s arguably perfect casting as a young Nurse Ratched, frequent Murphy series guest star Jon Jon Briones will play the head of the mental institution where Ratched works, while American Horror Story mainstay Finn Wittrock will play a criminal with a connection to Ratched. Daredevil‘s Vincent D’Onofrio is also onboard as misogynistic governor George Wilburn. Besides those four, Murphy has filled out Ratched‘s cast with lots of other heavy-hitters, including Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, Harriet Sansom Harris, Cynthia Nixon, Hunter Parrish, Amanda Plummer, Corey Stoll, Sharon Stone, Rosanna Arquette, and Don Cheadle, all in undisclosed roles.
Few details have surfaced about Ratched‘s story, which is set in 1947, and chronicles Ratched’s journey from fairly normal nurse to full-on sociopath. Ryan Murphy has at least revealed that he has a four-season plan for Ratched, and that the final season would see Paulson’s character go one on one with R.P. McMurphy, Jack Nicholson’s iconic character from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Who will play the character is unknown.
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