Director says brothers behind 'Stranger Things' stole his idea
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.