Louise Fletcher was terrifying as Nurse Ratched in Milos Forman's Once Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ryan Murphy spoke at this weekend’s GQ Live event in Los Angeles and dropped a few more hints about how his new Netflix series, Ratched, is being created calling it a “beautiful story” about a “great, great villain”.

Based on the character of Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest written by Ken Kesey and adapted for the big screen by Milos Forman, Ratched will create an origin story for the titular character.

Few will ever be able to forget Louise Fletcher’s Oscar-winning turn in the Forman film as the villainous, fear-inducing head nurse, and Murphy is confident that his constant creative partner, Sarah Paulson, will be equally capable of embodying the character for a more fleshed-out story. In fact, if you go back and take a look at Paulson’s character, Venable, in American Horror Story: Apocalypse, she might be preparing for the role already!

According to Deadline, who reported on Murphy’s remarks, he re-watched the film a couple of years ago and found himself wondering what had made the infamous nurse “a female Lecter” in his own words.

“How did she get that way? What made her do that?,” Murphy said. “How do you become a sociopath? Most people are not born that way.”

The showrunner, of course, is keeping the answers to those questions locked away, but he did call the show a “feminist horror story”, and further pointed out that he had brought in a lot of women to work on the show to give it the proper perspective.

Murphy has often championed women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community in his shows both on camera and off, so it’s no surprise that he made this particularly decision. After all, who can tell a woman’s story better than female writers, directors, etc.?

No exact release date has been set for Ratched, but we’re hopeful that it will be sooner rather than later!

Stay tuned it iHorror for more details as we get them!