Ryan Murphy Sells Nurse Ratched Series Starring Sarah Paulson to Netflix

Ruben Ruiz
September 7, 2017

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the streaming giant has scored Ratched, a One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest prequel series, in a two-season, 18-episode order.

Murphy is set to executive produce the show, which is an origin story that revolves around Nurse Ratched from the 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson as Randle McMurphy and Louise Fletcher as the heartless, tyrannical nurse.

The series is hotly anticipated and sparked a massive bidding war between Netflix, Hulu, and Apple, with Netflix coming out on top.

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. Production for Ratched will reportedly begin in mid-2018.

Murphy, Paulson, and Romansky are repped by CAA.

The series was created by Evan Romansky, who wrote the script on spec. Murphy (American Horror Story, Feud) acquired the project and will executive produce alongside One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest producer Michael Douglas, Aleen Keshishian, Margaret Riley, Jacob Epstein and Romansky.

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The series will center on Nurse Ratched herself, played by Paulson.

Murphy is set to executive produce and direct the first episode. The series will be produced by Fox 21 TV Studios.

The story will begin in 1947 and follow Ratched throughout her career as a nurse (and murderer).

This is the latest in a long line of collaborations between Paulson and Murphy.

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was originally a novel written by Ken Kesey that was published in 1962. It is important to note that Douglas produced the critically-acclaimed film, so this is a welcome return. She will also appear as New Orleans physician Dr. Anna Pou in Murphy's upcoming Hurricane Katrina season of Murphy's American Crime Story.

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