Tony Sokol
Kirsten Howard

Jan 15, 2019

A One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest prequel series about Nurse Ratched is heading to Netflix, starring Sarah Paulson…

The best thing we can do is go on with our daily routine. The meeting was adjourned and the vote was closed, and Netflix is pre-empting the last game of the World Series to bring a Nurse Ratched series to TV.

American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy and Sarah Paulson will reunite for the new prequel show focusing on the origins of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’s top psychiatric administrator.

Murphy has this week announced the main cast surrounding Paulson on Instagram, as well as revealing that production will begin on the series in a couple of weeks…

That’s a pretty eye-watering line-up. There’s no way we’re not gonna see this series dominating the statue handouts come the 2020 awards season, surely?

Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon, Finn Wittrock, Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, Harriet Harris, Hunter Parrish, Amanda Plummer, and Corey Stoll. All on the same show. Holy mackerel.

Netflix's Nurse Ratched origin series adds Sharon Stone and more

Paulson will play a younger version of the emotionally-distant Salem State Hospital nurse, who was introduced in Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel. In the original film, Nurse Ratched was played by Louise Fletcher, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for it. Fletcher had only acted once in the 13 years before she was cast.

This series will begin in 1947 and follow Ratched on her journey from being an average nurse to a career nightmare authority figure. Paulson has previously been nominated for five Emmys for her work with Murphy, winning one for American Crime Story: People V. OJ Simpson.

Ratched will be Murphy’s first streaming series, and Netflix has already ordered two seasons. It’ll be executive produced by Michael Douglas, who produced the original 1975 film, alongside Murphy. Ratched was created by recent film school grad Evan Romansky, who wrote the script on spec, and Murphy is directing the opening episode.

The film version of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest was directed by Milos Forman, and it starred Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers.

More soon.