The Duffers deny claims of plagiary and are convinced a trial could spoil the show for fans.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, filmmaker Charlie Kessler has filed suit against the Duffer brothers for allegedly stealing the concept for the show from an informal meeting between the three at Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. The Duffer brother fought the suit by claiming Kessler’s allegations were untrue, but also noted that a trial could harm the commercial viability/integrity of the show and the whole of Netflix. The Duffers maintain that their concept for the show was rooted in a deep fascination with the paranormal and that they’ve been pitching and developing franchises centered on the supernatural since 2010.
What’s more, a summary judgment, which would have precluded a trial, has been denied by a Los Angeles district court judge. And so, barring any groundbreaking finds in the discovery process, The Duffers will stand trial next month.
Season three of Stranger Things was due to release on July 4th. Whether the trial has the potential of delaying the show’s new season, or worse, spoiling it for those that have been anxiously-anticipating its return since 2017, remains unclear.
Stay tuned for updates in the weeks ahead.