The Duffer Brothers Allegedly Stole Stranger Things From a 2012 Short Film

A filmmaker has come forward claiming that the Duffer brothers stole his concept from a 2012 short film.

The supposed creators of Stranger Things, the Duffer brothers are being sued by filmmaker, Charlie Kessler, who claims that they stole his concept for the popular Netflix series.

Charlie Kessler claims that he pitched his short film script, The Montauk Project to the Duffer brothers at the Tribeca Film Festival back in 2014, and added that the idea went nowhere at the time. Kessler believes the Duffer brothers kept the idea for a couple of years, until Stranger Things was released in 2016.

Kessler’s six minute short film was a teaser for a feature length film which would have been called The Montauk Project, and used real footage to tell a story about paranormal phenomena inside a high security government facility. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

The plot thickens when the Duffer brothers sold the story about supernatural phenomena to Netflix, under the title Montauk, which unsurprisingly followed the same government lab, although the location was switched to a fictional town named Hawkins in Indiana.

The lawsuit lodged with the Californian supreme court says that the Duffer brothers have “made huge sums of money by producing the series based off Kessler’s concepts, without crediting”.

The short film was based on a book called The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time, which was published in 1992, and portrays the blurry events of secret government experiments at Montauk’s Camp Hero State Park. The park is a legitimate place and has been the subject of rumours of genetic manipulation, time travel and mind control experiments conducted on kidnapped children.

This all sounds extremely bizarre and creepy, and the former military base has a few too many stories about strange government experiments for it to be ignored. But that’s a whole other story.

Kessler is seeking monetary compensation and “destruction of all materials that were allegedly ripped off from his concept”. Netflix and the Duffer brothers are yet to comment on the lawsuit.

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