'Stranger Things' creators sued over show idea

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Filmmaker Charlie Kessler explains in a new lawsuit that he made a short film called Montauk that involved secret government experiments. That could be because Kessler's short film and the Duffer Brothers' Stranger Things are both inspired by the conspiracy around Montauk and supernatural/psychological experiments conducted in the area in the 1960s and 70s.

According to TMZ, Kessler was keen to turn the short into a TV series and pitched it to the Duffer Brothers, in 2014.

While the Duffer brothers have never explicitly spoken about their show's similarity to MK-ULTRA or the Montauk Project, they have talked openly about borrowing elements of pop culture to create Stranger Things.

Kessler said after his idea was turned down, he was shocked when "Stranger Things" was released as Netflix original series. Kessler is seeking damages and an injunction to stop the Duffer brothers using concepts he alleges are his. Moreover, it seems that Netflix initially ordered eight episodes of Stranger Things under the name Montauk, back in 2016. "This is just an attempt to profit from other people's creativity and hard work". Kessler's attorney says that his client and the Duffers made a verbal contract based on industry expectations. The series' setting was eventually swapped to the fictional Hawkins, Indiana (and the show and episode names were obviously changed as well), but the Duffers have been open about the fact that they were inspired by the oddities of the NY town.




But it could be scrapped if a new lawsuit against the show's creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, is upheld.

"Stranger Things is now in its second season on Netflix and has enriched [Matt and Ross] to the tune of millions of dollars", the court documents state. The centerpiece of the flick involves top secret government experiments. a key plot point in "Stranger Things".

If you haven't yet binged Stranger Things, you might want to check it out while you still can?

Netflix did not offer a comment about Kessler's lawsuit.

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