Duffer Brothers has recently expanded the Stranger Things universe. Following the release of the most-watched season 4 finale, the Duffer Brothers announced that they are working on a new, live-action spinoff series based on an original idea that they have come up with. While no other details about the series were released, the news follows comments the two have made while speaking to the press about the most recent season of the Netflix hit.
The Duffer Brothers said on the ‘Happy Sad Confused’ podcast via Variety, “I’ve read these rumours that there’s gonna be an Eleven spinoff, that there’s gonna be a Steve and Dustin spinoff or that it’s another number.” The added, “That’s not interesting to me because we’ve done all that. We’ve spent I don’t know how many hours exploring all of that. So it’s very different.”
The series creators stressed it’s not just ‘very different’ but ‘1000% different,’ noting the connection between the two series is a focus on the ‘storytelling sensibility’ and not any of the main characters. In addition to the confirmation of the new Stranger Things series, the Duffer Brothers revealed they have launched the production company, Upside Down Pictures, which will be behind a new slate of projects coming to Netflix.
Stranger Things will also expand to the stage with an all-new production set within the world and mythology of the original series. The play will be produced by Netflix, Sonia Friedman and Stephen Daldry, who will also direct. “Matt and Ross are an exceptionally unique talent with a vision so crisp and clear. They are all about the details it’s no accident that Stranger Things has pierced the zeitgeist to become the epic pop culture phenomenon it is today,” Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos said.
The CEO added, “We’re excited to continue telling new stories with them as they grow Upside Down Pictures and to welcome Hilary as a creative partner.” The fourth season of Stranger Things, meanwhile, is currently the top show on Netflix, with audiences watching more than 1 billion hours of the latest instalment of the series in the first 28 days. It holds the record for the streaming platform’s biggest premiere weekend ever for an English-language series. The Duffer Brothers’ nostalgia-filled saga will end with season 5, which currently doesn’t have a release date.