Stranger Things creators sued by filmmaker

Stranger Things creators sued by filmmaker

Stranger Things creators sued by filmmaker

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

A lawyer for Charlie Kessler, director of the 2012 short film Montauk, filed a breach of implied contract lawsuit against the Duffer brothers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday.

On Monday, Charlie Kessler, a filmmaker, sued the creators of Netflix's hit series Stranger Things for allegedly copying his idea.

The Duffers have been open about the original title of their show; heck, it's on the Wikipedia page!

Kessler is seeking for punitive damages and lost profits, and he also wants the Duffer brothers to destroy "all materials of every nature and kind in their possession" relating to the project.

TMZ obtained a copy of a casting call for the Netflix series, which clearly labels the show title as Montauk. Now, Kessler claims they took his ideas without his permission or knowledge.

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Kessler's film follows the story of a young boy who goes missing, featuring an adjacent military base known for conducting experiments on kids and a creature from another dimension. In 2012 he made an award-winning short film called Montauk about top-secret government experiments in Long Island, New York state.

However, either story can not claim complete creative ownership of the story.

The plot of "Montauk" is in fact eerily similar to "Stranger Things", which revolves around a group of children who get caught up in a government conspiracy and befriend a girl with supernatural capabilities.

Well, apparently, the Duffer Brothers have said they used the Montauk Project theories to inspire the goings on on Hawkins.

In 2015, Netflix announced they had commissioned a new series entitled Montauk, which was due to air in 2016, set in the 1980s in the beach town. After that, the three-time Emmy-nominated drama changed the setting of the action to Indiana.

Netflix and the Duffer Brothers are yet to comment on the claims.

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