After Ryan Murphy announced he was leaving Fox for a $300 million deal with Netflix, which was said to be the most lucrative accord in TV history, we knew we’d had a group of interesting projects coming soon.
But, oh boy, we didn’t know anything. Four series or miniseries, three Broadway adaptations, and three documentary series have been announced to be in preparation as part of the Murphy-Netflix deal. And that’s not counting ‘The Politician’ that will air on Netflix later this month. Let’s take a look at them.
First, on the series and miniseries side we’ll have ‘Ratched’, a psychodrama prequel of ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ with Murphy’s regular, Sarah Paulson playing Nurse Ratched and Sharon Stone as an undisclosed lead character.
Also, a miniseries about Halston, the 70s fashion icon with Ewan McGregor playing the hat-maker that turned into one of the better-known women’s clothing designers of the day. Joining McGregor in the cast we’ll have Patti Lupone and Holland Taylor.
Could we talk about Ryan Murphy without Jessica Lange? Of course not. She’ll star in a show about Marlene Dietrich during her time in Las Vegas in the 60s.
On the Broadway adaptations side, we’ll have one on ‘A Chorus Line’, the Pulitzer winner of 1975 as a 10-chapter miniseries; a revival of ‘The Boys in the Band’ featuring the 2018 Broadway remake’s cast; and a film adaptation of ‘The Prom’ featuring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and James Corden.
We know less about the documentaries, but Murphy is said to be working in a 10-chapter documentary series about Andy Warhol’s life; ‘A Secret Love’ about a lesbian couple who came out of the closet in their 80s, and a docuseries about the globe’s most stylish people.
And this is just the beginning of the deal.