Ryan Murphy and co have been keeping themselves very busy lately — the incredibly talented creative team behind Murphy’s series’ such as Nip/Tuck, Pose and American Horror Story, are again teaming up together to produce an original series for Netflix — Ratched.
Audiences are most likely familiar with the character, from Louis Fletcher’s role as the titular nurse in the film adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel: The One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Future viewers can expect the series to have a more sympathetic depiction of the nurse than the movie.
Murphy recently announced that actors Cynthia Nixon, Corey Stoll, Sharon Stone, Finn Wittrock, Hunter Parrish, Amanda Plummer, Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, and Harriet Harris will all star in the series alongside the previously announced title star, Sarah Paulson. Murphy will also take on executive producer duties.
“[A] true murderers’ row of talent,” Murphy wrote on Instagram. “So many of these actors are supremely talented folks who Sarah and I have both longed to work with.”
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"RATCHED" on Netflix starts shooting in a couple weeks. On behalf of myself and Ms. Sarah Catharine Paulson who plays the title role and is also a big fancy producer on it, we are thrilled to announce our amazing cast…a true murderers’ row of talent. So many of these actors are supremely talented folks who Sarah and I have both longed to work with. The Ratched Principal Players, in alphabetical order: JON JON BRIONES, CHARLIE CARVER, JUDY DAVIS, HARRIET HARRIS, CYNTHIA NIXON, HUNTER PARRISH, AMANDA PLUMMER, COREY STOLL, SHARON STONE AND FINN WITTROCK. More to come, but come on…Sarah, Cynthia, Judy, Amanda and Sharon, all doing scenes together? I cannot WAIT.
In an unusual decision, Netflix has already given the show a green light for two-seasons; a total of 18 episode commitment for the upcoming series. The official synopsis for Ratched describes the series as beginning in 1947 and will follow Ratchet as she devolves from your everyday average nurse, into the monstrous authority figure she is presented as in the film.
Actor Michael Douglas, who also produced the 1970’s film adaptation, will serve as an executive producer on the show. Star Paulson, will produce along with Paul Zaentz from the Saul Zaentz Company, which also owns the rights to Jack Nicholson helmed film. Fox 21 Television will also produce.
Ratched will mark Murphy’s first departure from the small-screen into the streaming business. The insanely talented director and writer, just recently inked a massive deal with Netflix last year; it reportedly being worth nine figures. His other work, set to follow the agreement, will be another Netflix political satire series, called The Politician.
This story was originally published on Variety.