Stranger Things Creators Stole The Idea, Lawsuit Says


"Montauk" director Charlie Kessler claims he pitched his idea for the show to "Stranger Things" creators Matt and Ross Duffer at a party in 2014. Today (April 4), the siblings spoke out about the lawsuit with a statement issued by their attorney Alex Kohner.

Said the lawyer, "This is just an attempt to profit from other people's creativity and hard work". According to Kessler, his movie was also a sci-fi story set in the town of Montauk where many urban legends and paranormal events take place. The lawsuit claims they rejected his offer, but that they went on to rip off the script in "Stranger Things".

Much of the first season of Stranger Things involved the unusual events at a government laboratory and the disappearance of a young boy.

Kessler is suing for "breach of implied contract" and is requesting a jury trial to receive monetary damages.

That said, there's also another similar project that predates both Montauk and Stranger Things. Now, Kessler claims they took his ideas without his permission or knowledge. In 2012, he released a short film called Montauk, which focuses on a secret government conspiracy in NY where a child goes mysteriously missing.

Both the show and the film are inspired by the conspiracy theory that the United States government conducted secret experiments on humans at Montauk Air Force Station.

In case you had not heard, a filmmaker, Charlie Kessler, alleged the Duffer Brothers used the story from his short film in their creation of the Netflix original seriesStranger Things. The show about a a young boy who mysteriously vanishes into thin air, top-secret government experiments, supernatural forces and one "very unusual little girl", eventually became Stranger Things. It was originally set in Montauk, Long Island, but the show changed its setting to Indiana.

Legal documents allege the Duffers "made huge sums of money" from the series "without compensating or crediting (Kessler) for his concepts".

Kessler wants an injunction forcing the brothers to stop using his ideas and to destroy everything based on them.

On Wednesday, the Duffer Brothers vehemently refuted Kessler's allegations in a statement.



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