Sunday 17 February 2019

Director says brothers behind 'Stranger Things' stole his idea

Winona Ryder in ‘Stranger Things
Winona Ryder in ‘Stranger Things

Dean Gray

Ross and Matt Duffer, the brothers who turned Netflix's 'Stranger Things' into a global hit, are being sued by a director who claims they stole his concept after he pitched it to them at a party.

Charlie Kessler alleges he also subsequently presented "the script, ideas, story and film" to the Duffer brothers.

In 2012, Kessler released his short film 'Montauk', which told the story of a young boy who goes missing on Long Island. It also features a monster from another dimension and a nearby military base. All feature in 'Stranger Things', which was also originally titled 'Montauk' and set on Long Island.

However, Kessler and the Duffers were inspired by 'The Montauk Project', a book about a supposed secret US military base that conducted human experiments.

Kessler's suit, though, claims the brothers were inspired by the encounters the three men had while at a Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.

Irish Independent

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