Sarah Paulson to Star in Cuckoo's Nest Prequel Series at Netflix

Henrietta Strickland
September 7, 2017

Netflix beat out competitors like Hulu and Apple for rights to the show - probably because they will pay any amount of money if they want something badly enough - and Ratched has already secured a two-season, 18-episode straight-to-series order.

Ratched will be executive produced by Murphy and original Cuckoo's Nest movie producer Michael Douglas, and the script was written by a newcomer named Evan Romansky who came up with the idea "fresh out of film school". 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. Murphy is now under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV. The series will track her deadly progression through the mental health care system, documenting the moments that tarnished her humanity and solidified her status as a force of evil.

Executive producing Ratched are Murphy, Douglas, as well as Aleen Keshishian, Margaret Riley and Jacob Epstein of Lighthouse Management & Media, which manages Romansky. Production on the drama, from Fox 21 TV Studios, is slated to begin sometime in mid-2018, with Murphy directing the opening episode as he does on all of his 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. Paulson will be a producer alongside Paul Zaentz of the Saul Zaentz Company, which owns the rights to the Cuckoo's Nest feature.

Netflix has greenlit the project for two seasons and it marks Murphy's first streaming series. "Ratched" is reportedly set to begin filming after the Hurricane Katrina-focused third season of "American Crime Story".

This is the latest in a long line of collaborations between Paulson and Murphy. She's also worked with Murphy on some of his other anthologies, playing Geraldine Page in Feud: Bette and Joan and Marcia Clarke in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

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