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  • Eleanor Connolly

Stranger Things... Was the Plot Plagiarized?

Stranger Things, the paranormal thriller produced by Netflix back in 2016, is currently being examined as an act of plagiarism. The hit show, taking place during the 1980’s, tells the story of a young boy, Will Byers, who mysteriously vanishes in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana. His four friends are challenged with locating their missing friend and bringing him home from the mysterious location he vanished to, and they encounter a strange young girl who knows many connections that link the disappearance to the Secret Government Lab.

But in current news, the hit writers for one of Netflix’s top binge-worthy the past two years shows are being sued, according to The Guardian, by the director of the short film Montauk, Charlie Kessler, for allegedly stealing the basis of the idea of his film. Kessler has reported that he shared his ideas for the short film to the Duffer Brothers, who seemed uninterested in the idea, back at the Tribeca Film Festival party in 2014.

Two years later, though, the brothers directed and filmed their show under the name Montauk, later renaming it to Stranger Things before it was released for streaming on Netflix. Both the short film and TV show are based off of the conspiracy theories surrounding Long Island village back in the 1970’s that encompass ideas that humans were being experimented on in a government lab for the abilities the character Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) demonstrates in the show.

If the case is successful for Kessler, The Independent reports that the show and its materials will have to be destroyed for plagiarising the story line, and with season three on the way, pressure is put on the Duffer brothers to prove their tale to be their own work.