'Stranger Things' Creators Stole Netflix Show Idea, Suit Says

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05 April, 2018

Stranger Things already has two seasons under its belt with a third season in the making.

The Netflix series was still called Montauk when the platform announced in 2015 that it had ordered eight episodes.

Obtained by PEOPLE, the suit claims that the Duffer brothers stole the idea of his short movie titled "Montauk" about government experiments. The crux of Kessler's short, apparently, involves the characters discovering top secret government experiments right in their own backyards-something that also happens in the Netflix series. "He had no connection to the creation or development of Stranger Things", the statement read.

"Mr. Kessler's claim is completely meritless", said Alex Kohner, attorney for the Duffers.

Kessler alleges that he pitched the ideas to the Duffer brothers during a party at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and the suit suggests that this pitch formed a contract in line with industry standards.

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Kessler's plot revolves around a quiet town called Montauk in NY which holds an abandoned military base within the borders. "Defendants have made huge sums of money by producing the series based on Plaintiff's Concepts", Kessler's lawyer, Michael Kernan, stated in the court document.

Kessler has demanded that the Duffer brothers destroy all content based on his ideas and provide restitution for all the profits they made using his concepts. "As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very unusual little girl", read the original Netflix description of Stranger Things, which was portrayed as "a love letter" to classic 1980s films.

Neither Netflix nor Duffer brothers have yet to comment. They recruit the help of a unusual new girl in town who has telekinetic powers after being subjected to nearby military experiments.

Kessler's film was based on a long-held conspiracy theory that the United States government conducted secret experiments on children at a military or air force base in Montauk in the 1970s and '80s, with the goal of creating new psychological warfare techniques.


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