The Duffer Brothers Are Being Accused of Plagiarizing 'Stranger Things'

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Today (April 4), the siblings spoke out about the lawsuit with a statement issued by their attorney Alex Kohner.

Stranger Things already has two seasons under its belt with a third season in the making. "This is just an attempt to profit from other people's creativity and hard work".

Charlie Kessler director of short film "Montauk" has filed a lawsuit against Stranger Things creator, claiming they took his film idea.

The creators of Stranger Things have been sued for allegedly stealing the show's concept.

The first season of Stranger Things revolved around a group of kids and teenagers witnessing supernatural events and who become embroiled in a government conspiracy.


Kessler is now asking the Duffer brothers to pay him for damages. As Hannah Poindexter observed, "The entire series has its basis in widely believed conspiracy theories like the The Philadelphia Project, The Montauk Project and MK-ULTRA". He adds that he later presented "the script, ideas, story and film" to the siblings, which he claims they used to develop their acclaimed Netflix series.

Originally, "Stranger Things" was bought by Netflix under the title of "Montauk"; that was back in 2015.

However, "Montauk" and "Stranger Things" both came after a book titled "The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time" about secret government experiments at Camp Hero in Montauk, L.I., according to Variety.

Now, as if all that wasn't enough to have you questioning Kessler's claims, the whole thing gets even weirder.

The Duffer Brothers could not be reached, and Netflix did not respond to a request for comment. The show about a a young boy who mysteriously vanishes into thin air, top-secret government experiments, supernatural forces and one "very odd little girl", eventually became Stranger Things. At this party, Kessler said he discussed "the script, ideas, [and] story" for the project, and it was his understanding that there was an "implied contract". 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.

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