Ryan Murphy is now the latest critically-acclaimed TV showrunner to make the jump over to Netflix.
Announced this afternoon, the streaming service has officially put in a 2-season, 18-episode order for the Murphy executive-produced series “Ratched.” Set to star frequent Murphy collaborator, Sarah Paulson, in the lead role, the series is a prequel to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” focused on Nurse Ratched. In the award-winning 1975 film, Ratched was portrayed by Louise Fletcher, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
The series will reportedly begin in 1947 and will follow Ratched on her journey and evolution from nurse to the monster book readers and film fans will know from “Cuckoo’s Nest.” Similar to some of Murphy’s previous TV efforts, it’ll follow Ratched on an arc of deadly progression through the mental health care system.
Murphy, Douglas, Aleen Keshishian, Margaret Riley and Lighthouse Management Media’s Jacob Epstein will all executive produce the series, while Paulson will produce alongside Saul Zaentz Co.’s Paul Zaentz. In addition, Michael Douglas – who produced the 1975 film – will also serve as an executive producer on the prequel series.
“Ratched” will be the first TV series that Ratched has ever created on a streaming service, after multiple years of making a name for himself as one of the most sought-after TV creators working today. “Ratched” is reportedly set to begin filming after the Hurricane Katrina-focused third season of “American Crime Story.”
Currently, Murphy is preparing to return to the small screen with new seasons of both “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story.”