The press release states the “live-action Stranger Things spin-off series” is “based on an original idea by The Duffer Brothers.” Which isn’t a whole lot to go on. Chatter online has speculated that the series would be about Steve and Dustin, or possibly Eleven, but the Duffers have spoken about how this series will be very different.
On Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Matt and Ross Duffer revealed the details about the spinoff that they hadn’t told Netflix about the spin-off details yet. Not only will they not direct this show, but the duo said to not expect any of the current Stranger Things characters to show up, saying “It’s not following – I’ve read these rumors that there’s gonna be an Eleven spinoff, that there’s gonna be a Steve and Dustin spinoff, or that it’s another number.”
That’s not the case. They continued, stating “That’s not interesting … because we’ve done all that. We’ve spent I don’t know how many hours exploring all of that. So it’s very different.” The biggest connection, without any known characters, would be the manner in which it’s told: “The most important connective tissue I would say is the storytelling sensibility of it,” they continued. “There is a story that connects to the Stranger Things world, but it really is more about how we’re telling that story.”
The other Stranger Things and Duffer projects announced
That’s not all, though. The Duffers are also working on “A new stage play set within the world and mythology of Stranger Things.” This will be delivered by producers Sonia Friedman, Stephen Daldry (The Crown, Billy Elliot, The Reader), and Netflix. Daldry is on tap to direct.
In non-Stranger Things content news, three other projects are coming from the duo and Netflix:
- An all-new live-action version of Death Note, the Japanese manga and anime series that Netflix already tried to adapt once.
- A new series from creators Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance)
- A series adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub‘s The Talisman. Produced alongside Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Paramount Television, and created by Curtis Gwinn.
Outlook: Netflix doubles down on Duffers
The press release also announced that Stranger Things 4 ranks as the No. 1 all-time most popular English-language TV show, as audiences viewed 1.15 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days.
But with a season as long as Stranger Things season 4, we’re not entirely surprised. Netflix also claimed Stranger Things is the first English-language series to hit No.1 on the Top 10 lists in 91 countries, and that it has the highest premiere weekend on the service ever, with 286.79 million hours viewed.
In a year where Netflix’s headlines have had more to do with its fails than its wins —as subscriber numbers are not great — it’s not shocking to see the service buddy up with the Duffers as they prepare to deliver Stranger Things season 5.