The creators of Stranger Things, the Duffer Brothers, are reportedly being sued for allegedly stealing the hit show's concept from a short film from 2012. Today (April 4), the siblings spoke out about the lawsuit with a statement issued by their attorney Alex Kohner. Kessler alleges that the pair then used elements of the work as the basis for Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr Kessler's short film nor discussed any project with him.
The show was billed as featuring "top secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very unusual little girl".
Production on the third season of Stranger Things is expected to begin this month.
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Now that the show has blown up, averaging 4 million viewers per episode, Kessler is seeking compensation for lost profits, claiming that the Duffer brothers stole his ideas without his permission. So, whether or not they knew about the real life Montauk Project before Charlie Kessler spoke to them or not is probably what this whole case will hinge on.
Hmm... Seems like a lot of what Kessler is claiming as his own wasn't even his. "Stranger Things", which was originally sold to Netflix under the title "Montauk", also involves supernatural phenomena surrounding a government lab. This version of the show was set in Long Island, and was later changed to Indiana.
Kessler asked for an injunction ordering the Duffer brothers to stop using and destroy all materials related to his concepts. In 2012, he released a short film called Montauk, which focuses on a secret government conspiracy in NY where a child goes mysteriously missing.
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Netflix or the Duffer Brothers have not yet made any comment regarding the lawsuit. The court documents state that the Duffer brothers have made millions by producing this very successful series based on Kessler's idea but without crediting him in any way.
"Conspiracies of government experiments in Montauk, including those of telekinesis and time travel, have been circulating since the 1980s, and it all ties into plenty of Stranger Things fan theories that have been circulating".
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