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'Stranger Things' Duffer Brothers Sued ... You Ripped Me Off, Bros

04 April 2018

A filmmaker is accusing Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer of ripping off his idea for Netflix's sci-fi hit series.

Charlie Kessler, a filmmaker, filed a lawsuit against the Duffer Brothers claiming they stole his idea from his short film Montauk that screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival, according to the report, and Kessler claims he, later, shared his ideas with the Duffer Brothers at a party.

Stranger Things had originally been set in Montauk, Long Island before the setting was changed to in and a Netflix press release announced the series' title as Montauk.

The Duffer Brothers and Netflix haven't yet responded to the claims. Montauk opens with the disappearance of a young boy á la Will Byers, and while the short film doesn't have much in common with Stranger Things beyond that (and an element of the supernatural), the series pitch could have.

Kessler reportedly sought out the Duffer brothers in 2014 to help him spin Montauk into a TV series, although the two parties made no agreement. I especially got fascinated with one called The Montauk Project, which was a supposed set of highly classified government experiments in Camp Hero State Park out in Montauk.

"After the massive success of Stranger Things".

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As Entertainment Weekly is reporting, Kessler's suit asks for monetary compensation and a jury trial. It just doesn't happen very often.

'Stranger Things' Duffer Brothers Sued ... You Ripped Me Off, Bros