One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest remains one of the most powerful movies ever made, even 45 years later. The adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel remains one of only three films to win the "Big Five" Oscars. Milos Forman's movie walked a tricky tonal tightrope, a nearly impossible task everyone pulled off. It was on both editions of the American Film Institute's top 100 movies, and Louise Fletcher's Nurse Ratched was named a top-five movie villain. All this clearly means we need a Netflix miniseries exploring her origin story.
With Ryan Murphy producing, the series will almost certainly go for a mix of scary and campy, and churn through plot at a record pace. Newcomer Evan Romansky wrote or co-wrote nearly every episode of the show, and he may bring a slightly more controlled tone to the series, which follows Ratched as she settles into her post-war role at a creepy seaside hospital.
But this is a Ryan Murphy production, and that means he's got an incredible cast lined up. Sarah Paulson stars as Mildred Ratched, with a more menacing style than Louise Fletcher, Academy Award nominee Judy Davis plays a rival nurse, Vincent D'Onofrio hams it up as the sadistic governor, Cynthia Nixon feigns concern as her confidante, and Sharon Stone swaggers in as a glamorous woman with a pet monkey.
Check out the trailer below. Ratched premieres all eight episodes on Netflix on Friday, September 18.