Emmy-winner Sarah Paulson is sticking with her frequent collaborator Ryan Murphy for a new television series headed to Netflix. The show, Ratched, is a prequel to the 1976 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest which focuses on the diabolical character of Nurse Ratched.
The series is hotly anticipated and sparked a massive bidding war between Netflix, Hulu, and Apple, with Netflix coming out on top.
The streaming giant is apparently very confident in Ratched, giving it a direct-to-series order for 18 episodes over two seasons.
Newcomer Evan Romansky, fresh out of film school, created the new series and, with Murphy on board to produce, it will be Romansky’s first writing credit.
Murphy will direct the first episode of Ratched, which is his first streaming series after a string of hits on both FX and FOX.
Paulson has starred in many of Murphy’s previous series, including all seven seasons of American Horror Story and The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Ratched will feature Paulson in the title role, following Nurse Ratched starting in 1947 and examining her path from nurse to murderer.
Actress Louise Fletcher won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Nurse Ratched in the original film, with Jack Nicholson also taking home Oscar gold for her role as Randle McMurphy.
Actor Michael Douglas produced the film along with legendary producer Saul Zaentz; Douglas will return to produce the new series alongside Zaentz’s nephew, Paul, who now runs the Saul Zaentz Company.
This will be Murphy’s sixth show currently on the air, including American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Pose, Feud and 911.
Paulson is currently starring in American Horror Story: Cult, which premiered this week, and will then move on to play a lead role in the Hurricane Katrina-focused second season of American Crime Story. Production on Ratched is expected to begin sometime in mid-2018 for an undisclosed release date.