Since early 2021, The Duffer Brothers teased their fans about their journey into the Upside Down and the development of a spin-off series that would be coming before or after the conclusion of the flagship series. Here’s a brief logline of what we can expect in the series:
“An encounter with the Upside Down evolves into a grand adventure for video game-loving twin brothers living on the outskirts of 1980s Tokyo.”
According to What’s on Netflix, “The series is planned to be around six hours long and is labelled as “the first” Stranger Things spin-off.”
What do The Duffer Brothers have to say about this spin-off?
Earlier in 2022, when The Duffer Brothers updated their deal with Netflix, they confirmed the rumours of the spin-off along with giving some sneak peek into what’s really going to happen in the series. During the podcast with Happy Sad Confused, Matt Duffer said the spin-off will be “1000% different” from the original and it will be “a story that connects to the Stranger Things world, but it really is more about how we’re telling that story.”
Along with Stranger Things games and Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales which was recently upgraded to Netflix Games exclusively, Stranger Things is all set to create its own niche.
What is the fate of Stranger Things as a series?
The flagship Stranger Things series will be hitting the Netflix library with its all-new fifth and final season. However, that won’t happen until 2024, since the filming will only begin in May 2023. Owing to the overall deal between The Duffer Brothers and Netflix, other projects of the duo, apart from Stranger Things, include The Talisman and Death Note live-action adaptation of the anime series.
The Duffer Brothers as head creators of the Stranger Things franchise?
Premiered in 2016, Stranger Things has been exponentially successful to garner a cult-like following. As per MovieWeb, the seed for building this vast empire of paranormal science fiction, which was originally titled Montauk, was sown in 2015. By 2024, The Duffer Brothers would be engaged with the franchise for almost 10 years now. In the podcast interview, when the duo was asked if they would be interested in being the flagbearers of a Game of Thrones-level expansion for the development of the future spin-offs, the brothers mentioned that they were okay with the idea of the franchise being carried without them as the vanguards.
“The idea, ultimately, is to pass the baton to someone else who’s really talented and passionate…Even the idea of Ross and I doing a pilot and then leaving it just feels silly to me. You would need to be there from the beginning to the end. I think we need to find a partner to help us with that. Otherwise, this show will have been about 10 years of our lives by the time we’re done – a decade of our lives. I loved every second of it and I wouldn’t take any of it back, but I don’t want to do another decade in the Stranger Things Universe.”
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