When we finally say goodbye the gang of hawkins in the Weird stuff final, it will really be goodbye –even with a spin-off on the horizon. The Duffer Brothers have already hinted that the spin-off will head in an unexpected direction, but during their appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, they emphasize that the next series will be “1000% different”
“It doesn’t follow… I’ve read these rumors that there’s going to be an Elf spin-off, there’s a Steve and Dustin spin-off coming, or it’s a different song. 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’s very different’, tease the makers.
We think that rules out David Harbor’s idea for a fledgling Hopper series starring Jacob Elordi† But if the new show doesn’t include any of the “songs” from Dr. Brenner follows, which direction will it turn then? Apparently only the Duffer Brothers (and Finn Wolfhard) know.
“The most important connective tissue I would say is its narrative sensitivity,” they explain. “There is a story that ties in with the Weird stuff world, but it’s more about how we tell that story.”
And by the way, the Duffers won’t be the main people who “tell that story.” While they want to be “very involved,” Ross Duffer says they’re looking for someone else to take the reins “as we start doing new things.”
“The idea is ultimately to pass the baton to someone else, someone who is hopefully really talented and passionate,” agrees Matt Duffer. “Even the idea of Ross and I, say, doing a pilot and leaving it just feels crazy to me. You really have to be there from start to finish. I think we need to find a partner to make us to help with that.” Good luck to whoever inherits the realm of the Upside Down.