Stranger Things Creators Are Being Sued for Allegedly Stealing a Filmmaker's Idea


Stranger Things showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer have been sued for allegedly ripping off the idea of a short film to create their hit Netflix show.

The aforementioned "Mr. Kessler" is Charlie Kessler, a filmmaker who claims he pitched the original concept for what became Stranger Things to Matt and Ross Duffer at a party at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

The Duffer brothers are breaking their silence on a lawsuit alleging the writer-producer duo stole the concept for their Netflix hit Stranger Things.

The suit maintains that the ideas were discussed "on the mutually understood condition and bilateral expectation" that the Duffer brothers would not disclose or exploit Kessler's concepts without permission and/or compensation.

Kessler claims he pitched the idea of turning his film into a TV series to the Duffer brothers in 2014, but nothing came of it at the time. The Duffers then allegedly took these ideas for their own project, Stranger Things-which was originally titled Montauk and set in Montauk, Long Island-without compensating or crediting Kessler.

Charlie Kessler, the director of the aforementioned short film, filed a lawsuit today, Deadline reports.

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The Duffer Brothers - and members of the cast - have explained in previous interviews that the story of Stranger Things is based on stories about Camp Hero, and Project MKUltra, a Central Intelligence Agency mind control programme.

"Montauk", which won an award at the Hamptons Film Festival in 2012, was a found-footage sci-fi short that told the story of a violent event that took place in the Long Island community. He also said that he "presented materials" to detail the project.

When Stranger Things was picked up by Netflix, the series' working title was, in fact, Montauk.

In mid-March, news broke that the cast would be receiving massive raises for the third season.

The third season Stranger Things 2 does not now have a released date.

Kessler is seeking damages, restitution and lost profits along with an injunction preventing the Duffer brothers from further use of his concepts.