‘Stranger Things’ Spinoff, Stage Play on Netflix as Duffer Brothers Expand Slate Development

The ‘Stranger Things’ universe is expanding on Netflix, with the Duffer Brothers lining up several projects in the world they created for the series.

As part of their overall deal with Netflix, the Duffers – Matt and Ross – formed production company Upside Down Pictures, bringing in Hilary Leavitt to run the company.

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Among the new projects they have in development, the Duffers are officially working on a “Stranger Things” spinoff series, though exact plot details remain under wraps. The show will be based on an original concept by the Duffers with Upside Down Pictures and produced by 21 Laps. The Duffers have previously said that the series will not focus on characters like Eleven or Steve Harrington.

Additionally, a play set within the world and mythology of “Stranger Things” is in the works. It will be produced by Sonia Friedman, Stephen Daldry and Netflix. Daldry will also direct. 21 Laps serves as an associate producer.

“Matt and Ross are an extremely unique talent with a vision so clear and crisp,” said Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and chief content officer of Netflix. “It’s all about the details – it’s no accident that ‘Stranger Things’ has cut through the hype to become the epic pop culture phenomenon it is today. 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 Duffers are also working on a live-action TV version of the Japanese manga and anime series “Death Note.” The series was previously adapted into a live-action film in 2017.

They are also working on a series adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s book “The Talisman” with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Paramount Television, with Curtis Gwinn adapting the book for the screen. The development of this series was first reported in March 2021. Finally, the Duffers are producing an original series from Jeffrey Andis and Will Matthews, the creators of the Netflix series “Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.”

“It didn’t take long after our first meeting with Hilary, bonding over movies like ‘Jaws,’ ‘Home Alone,’ and ‘Speed,’ to know we had found a kindred spirit,” the Duffers said. “Hillary’s passion for storytelling is perhaps matched only by her passion for the storytellers themselves, of whom she is fiercely protective. No wonder so many writers and directors are drawn to work with her. She is a rare talent indeed and we are extremely grateful to have her on our side as we make Upside Down Pictures.”

“Stranger Things” Season 4 debuted its first seven episodes on May 27, with the final two episodes of the season airing on July 1. The series recently became the second Netflix series to surpass the 1 billion hour mark.

“I remember the first movie I saw in the theater, the first VHS tape I got for Christmas, the first international mono I bid on ebay because it was cooler than the domestic,” Leavitt said. “And the first time I met Matt and Ross. All of these important moments led to this ridiculously cool opportunity to create a company with the Duffer Brothers where we make movies and TV because we love movies and TV. This love is at the core of Upside Down Pictures, where we get to collaborate with other artists on projects across the spectrum of genres. We all love what we do and are excited to do more and more.”

The Duffer Brothers are repped by CAA and Alex Kohner at Yorn Levine.

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