You often hear stories of a director’s muse – an actor or actress that they turn to again and again for inspiration and collaboration; Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski, Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. But you have to imagine that this isn’t a trend that’s restricted to film, and Ryan Murphy and Sarah Paulson seem to be a prime example of that.
It all started with Paulson’s guest spot on Nip/Tuck as a woman who believed she was suffering from stigmata. Since then, the two have paired up on every season of American Horror Story and American Crime Story. Sarah Paulson has been nominated for five Emmy Awards for her work with Murphy – winning one for her performance as Marcia Clark on American Crime Story.
In a recent interview with Adweek, Paulson stated that she’s “not interested in any TV shows that Murphy isn’t involved with”.
“There are great creators out there, absolutely, but I have found a home in the sense that I work for a person who sees me completely, knows my strengths and weaknesses, knows how to push me and keeps throwing me the ball”
This small-screen dynamic duo are set to work once again on Ratched, an origin story for the malevolent Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
As reported by Deadline, the speculative script was written by Evan Romansky who was fresh out of film school when the screenplay landed on Ryan Murphy’s desk. Murphy then spent a year securing the rights to the character of Nurse Ratched before they could move forward.
After a reportedly heated bidding war between Hulu, Netflix, and Apple, Netflix took claim of the show and has already signed on for a two season, eighteen episode, straight-to-Netflix deal. Michael Douglas – who produced One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – will executive produce the show along with Murphy.
The series begins in 1947 and follows Nurse Ratched on her career evolution from caregiver to authoritarian tyrant. We’ll track her progression through the mental health care system and watch her grow into a vicious and legendary villain.
Sarah Paulson, surely, is up to the task. She has incredible range as a performer and I can fully imagine how well she’ll be able to play every possible angle of an up-and-coming monster.
Written in 1962, the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was adapted into a film in 1975. It won a total of five Academy Awards, including best actress for Louise Fletcher’s portrayal of Nurse Ratched. Her cruelty was so iconic that the character was named the fifth greatest villain by the American Film Institute on their list of 100 Greatest Heroes and Villains in 2003.
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