Stranger Things Spin-off has nothing to do with series

By Vic Medina | 9 seconds ago

Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of the pop culture phenomenon Weird stuff, finally dropping hints about what’s next for the franchise. According to a report by VarietyThe Duffer Brothers recently discussed the direction of the show in Season 5, and the recently announced Weird stuff spin-off that comes after. In what could come as a shock to fans of the hit Netflix show, the new spin-off will have no connection whatsoever to the characters and plot they’ve loved for four seasons. Instead, the new show will be “1000% different” from what they’re seeing now, with just a “storytelling sensibility” connecting the two shows.

“It doesn’t follow (the current characters),” the Duffer Brothers made clear, blasting any speculation that there’s a Weird stuff spin-off focused only on Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) or even the fan-favorite dynamic duo of Steve (Joe Keery) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo). “That’s not interesting to me, because we’ve all done that. We spent I don’t know how many hours exploring all that. So it is very different.” The Duffer Brothers made the reveal on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, hosted by Josh Horowitz, which features interviews with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

The Duffer Brothers revealed that details of the Weird stuff spin-off are closely guarded and even Netflix is ​​unaware of their plans. They’ll just say they’re “really jazzed” by the idea they have for the new series. They’re also hopeful to find “lightning in a bottle” again, with a head start winning the crowd like Millie Bobby Brown did. “Hopefully we’ll find the right person to pass the baton to as we start doing new things,” they said.

Their comments are a lot like the “universe-building” concept that so many movie and TV franchises use today, with a bit of a twist. Unlike Marvel, DC, Star Wars, or even The Walking Dead, the Stranger Things spin-off doesn’t rely on crossovers and fame to bring in viewers. Instead, the aforementioned ‘sensibility for storytelling’ will be the common thread, connecting the two with tone and narrative worldview. It’s an approach that JJ Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have taken with their Cloverfield franchise. As a sequel to their 2008 found-footage film about a monster attacking New York City, 2016 10 Cloverfield Lane was a claustrophobic psychological thriller, with just the slightest hint of a connection to the original film. 2018’s The Cloverfield Paradox went parallel universe-jumping around the monster attack in the first movie, but the straight-to-netflix movie was so bad, it killed the franchise.

While not entirely successful, the clover field approach does provide a roadmap (and a warning) for the Duffer Brothers’ Weird stuff spin off. Fans want to see more of the sci-fi/horror plots the show offered, yet based on the familiar, nostalgic setting and recognizable characters. In the past four seasons, Weird stuff has successfully integrated new characters with the original cast, making them indispensable. There’s no reason to think that a new series, featuring all-new characters, couldn’t successfully gain an audience, much like Eleven and the Party did in 2016.

The final two episodes of Stranger Things season four just hit Netflix on July 1, with a storyline that will take viewers straight to season five. David Harbor recently said: GQ Magazine that season five will likely film next year, with a 2024 release date. Those dates haven’t been officially confirmed, though.

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