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Sarah Paulson and Ryan Murphy Team Up for Nurse Ratched Origin Series

Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”) and Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story,” “Scream Queens”) are teaming up once more to scare the crap out of audiences everywhere. The pair, who’ve worked together on “American Crime Story” and “AHS,” will to bring to life another complete monster: Nurse Ratched, the cruel nurse of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” fame. According to EW, their new Netflix series “Ratched” will tell the tale of one woman’s evolution into the nurse of your nightmares.

Paulson will play Ratched, taking over the role that earned Louise Fletcher (“Cruel Intentions”), the original actor in the 1974 film, an Oscar. Murphy is set to executive produce alongside Michael Douglas (“Ant-Man”), with Paulson also producing. The series’ pilot script is written by Evan Romansky (“Diane”), a relative newcomer to Hollywood.

Netflix seems thrilled with the upcoming TV project, and has already greenlit “Ratched” for two seasons. While this is far from Murphy’s first TV rodeo, it will be the first streaming series for the producer. For Douglas, however, the series is incredibly familiar; his father, Kirk Douglas (“Paths of Glory”), originated the role of Randle McMurphy in the 1963 stage production. The actor secured the film rights to the story, but was never able to get the project off the ground. The younger Douglas was the one who finally got the film made, and served as a producer on the project. By the time the film was greenlit, the elder Douglas was too old to reprise his role, so it eventually went to Jack Nicholson (“The Shining”).

“One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” is adapted from the Ken Kesey novel of the same name. The story follows McMurphy, a convict claiming insanity in order to get cushier digs during his sentence. When McMurphy arrives, he finds that the mental institution is ruled by the iron-fisted Nurse Ratched, who rules the ward of mental patients by fear and intimidation. The pair clash throughout McMurphy’s stay, with only one making it out alive.

“Ratched” will begin shooting sometime in 2018.

Will you be watching “Ratched”? What elements of the infamous villain would you want to see more of in the series? Let us know in the comments below!


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Written by Selina Mixner

Selina is a queer, half-Filipina fangirl who loves TV, film and corgis a little too much. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Literature and Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Her rules for writing are simple: is it tattoo-worthy? If not, try again.

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