We didn’t think anything could ruin our love for Stranger Things, but this could change everything.
In 2011, filmmaker Charlie Kessler shot a short film entitled Montauk.
For those of you who don’t know, Montauk is actually a real place in upstate New York, where there’s a decommissioned Air Force base which is shrouded in conspiracy, government cover-ups and alien theories.
So supposedly, Kessler heard about Montauk, looked into it a little and shot this short film in which a little boy tied to a government conspiracy mysteriously goes missing.
According to Kessler, he met Stranger Things creators Matt Ross Duffer (aka The Duffer Brothers) during the Tribeca Film Festival. He claims he pitched his show to the brothers, but they dismissed it.
Four years later, Kessler discovered Netflix had just announced a new original TV show named, originally, Montauk.
Before the show moved its shooting to Georgia, the description initially read: “In the series, set in 1980 Montauk, Long Island, a young boy vanishes into thin air.”
“As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl.”
The Duffer Brothers don’t deny the Stranger Things series is based on the bizarre “Camp Hero” in Montauk, but they are standing firm that they had no idea of Kessler’s short film, or of his supposed “pitch” to them.
However, Kessler is claiming grounds to sue the creators as the pitch he apparently made formed a verbal contract “based on industry expectations”.
Alex Kohner, the Duffer brothers’ lawyer, told Sky News: “The Duffer brothers have neither seen Mr Kessler’s short film nor discussed any project with him. This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work.”
If Kessler is telling the truth and isn’t just a real-life Demogorgon, the filmmaker wants both money and the “destruction of all materials that were allegedly ripped off from his concept”.
Tbh, we just don’t want it to impact the release of Season 3.