Duffer Brothers Deny Allegations That They Copied Stranger Things Plot
Ross and Matt Duffer, a.k.a. the Duffer Brothers, struck gold when they came up with the plot of Stranger Things several years ago. The Netflix original has gone on to win numerous awards and has millions of fans all over the world. But according to filmmaker Charlie Kessler, the ST creators didn’t come up with the series’ storyline on their own.
Mr. Kessler claims he actually pitched the concept of Stranger Things to Ross and Matt at a party at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. His idea for the series came from a short film he produced in 2012 called Montauk, which won an award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
The man was reportedly shocked when ST premiered in 2016 because “the brothers used his script, idea, story and film” to create it. He also says that the famous siblings sold the show to Netflix using the same name as his short film.
Kessler is now suing the Duffers for plagiarism and is seeking “money and destruction of all materials that were allegedly ripped off from his concept.” But according to the famous siblings’ lawyer, these claims are completely ridiculous.
“Mr. Kessler’s claim is completely meritless,” the Duffer Brothers’ attorney, Alex Kohner, said in a statement. “He had no connection to the creation or development of Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler’s short film nor discussed any project with him. This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work.”
Both Stranger Things and Montauk center around top-secret government experiments. The plaintiff says he and the Duffers entered a verbal contract “based on industry expectations” at the party in 2014 and therefore deserves proper compensation.