There is Proof That the Stranger Things Creators Didn’t Steal Show’s Plot

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It looks like the Duffer Brothers were telling the truth when they denied allegations that they stole Stranger Things‘ plot from a 2012 short film called Montauk.

Filmmaker Charlie Kessler sued the siblings because he claims he actually pitched the concept of the Netflix hit to Ross and Matt Duffer at a party at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. His idea for the series came from the short film he produced in 2012, 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.

The 34-year-olds fired back at the man’s allegations, however, saying that they are totally made up.

“Mr. Kessler’s claim is completely meritless,” their 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.”

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The situation seemed to be one consisting solely of he said, she said, but now TMZ claims that it saw email proof that the Duffers didn’t rip off the concept of Stranger Things from Charlie’s project.

The site “obtained emails showing the Duffer Brothers were developing a ‘Montauk’ series as far back as November 2010 — 3 1/2 years before Kessler claims he even pitched the show to them.”

Matt and Ross allegedly brought up the concept of a “real,” “paranormal” “gritty eighties” show almost eight years ago and even mentioned that it would be based in Montauk, New York.

“A Google document dated October, 4, 2013, would become the premise for Stranger Things,” the site writes. “Benny (renamed Will for the show) leaves his friend Elliot’s house, a bunch of kids are there, eating pizza, dungeons and dragons… Benny leaves on bike, hears voices, goes into strange world, taken by some evil force.”

The defendants’ attorney adds, “These documents prove that Mr. Kessler had absolutely nothing to do with the creation of Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers were developing their project years before he claims to have met them.”