‘Ratched’: Is Sarah Paulson’s New Show a Remake of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Sarah Paulson is again in a brand new Ryan Murphy present you’ll be able to binge on Netflix. Ratched stars Paulson because the title character, Mildred Ratched. You might know that identify from the basic movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. If you’re questioning what Paulson’s present has to do with the movie, she’s right here to assist.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest prequel Ratched
L-R: Sarah Paulson and Cynthia Nixon | Netflix

Paulson spoke on a Television Critics Association Zoom panel about Ratched. Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix. 

Sarah Paulson is enjoying younger Nurse Ratched from ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Louise Fletcher gained an Oscar for taking part in Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Jack Nicholson additionally gained an Oscar for taking part in her rebellious affected person. The Ratched sequence is about in 1947, many years earlier than the movie.

“The enormous plus is that I had the great good fortune of watching one of I think the most masterful performances in cinematic history,” Paulson mentioned. “Louise Fletcher’s performance is really remarkable, no pressure or anything, not something one really likes to think about following.”

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Fletcher is a troublesome act to comply with, but when anybody can do it, it’s Paulson. Paulson additionally had the liberty of enjoying a youthful Ratched, earlier than the world knew her.

“So, it’s both a blessing and a curse,” Paulson mentioned. “I thought it was incredibly interesting and an incredibly intimidating thought to try to take this on. And yet, because of the nature of its prequel-ness and its origin story component, I felt a little bit more liberty and freedom to even think about doing it.”

‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ needed to log off on ‘Ratched’

The movie was based mostly on the e book by Ken Kesey. Both the movie and the e book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest obtain credit on Ratched. Everyone concerned with the film needed to log off. 

“In order to get the project made, we did have to get the rights from the estate,” Paulson mentioned. “Michael Douglas [who produced the movie] is a producer on this show. [Murphy] had to get all the rights from the film and the character itself.”

Fortunately, everybody concerned with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was pleased with Ratched

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Sarah Paulson | Netflix

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“I think he was quite concerned that once the script had come in, and he had purchased the script written by Evan [Romansky], and they were starting to develop it,” Paulson mentioned. “He thought, ‘I don’t know if this is ever going to get made, because it might get tied up so quickly and all the red tape that can sometimes happen when you’re trying to get the rights to something.’ We were able to make it quite quickly and with not a lot of trouble in that way.”

Sarah Paulson on Mildred’s mission

Ratched begins when Ratched seeks a job at Lucia State Hospital. Her lengthy misplaced brother, Edmund Tolleson (Finn Wittrock) is a affected person there. Once they rent her, Ratched is improvising.

“How all of that will work itself out and every little detail is something that is not planned out,” Paulson mentioned. “[That’s] something that, of course, reveals itself as it goes in terms of all the people she comes in contact with and the complications of trying to achieve her goal with all the characters that she encounters and the roadblocks that they throw up for her.  So it is planned as much as something like that could be planned.”

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