Netflix has won a bidding war against Hulu and Apple for two seasons of Ryan Murphy’s “Ratched,” a new drama series prequel to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.
Sarah Paulson is set to star as a younger version of the cruel Nurse Ratched in the series which begins in 1947 and will track Ratched from nurse to monster. Louise Fletcher won an Oscar memorably playing the role in the 1975 film adaptation of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel.
Evan Romansky wrote the script on spec and Murphy spent a year getting the rights to the property. Murphy, Michael Douglas, Aleen Keshishian, Margaret Riley and Jacob Epstein will executive produce.
The streaming giant’s order consists of eighteen episodes spread across two seasons with Fox 21 producing.