Duffer Brothers have proof they didn’t steal 'Stranger Things' idea

The Duffer brothers have proof that they were working on the idea for "Stranger Things" long before writer Charlie Kessler pitched them his idea.

Emily Treadgold

The Duffer brothers are making it clear they didn't steal.


The famous twins have recently come under fire for possibly stealing the idea for Stranger Things from writer Charlie Kessler who produced a short film in 2012 titled Montauk. Kessler claims he pitched the brothers a series based on his award-winning film and it didn't seem to go anywhere.


Then a casting call that was obtained by TMZ was released which showed the original title for Stranger Things was indeed called Montauk.


Now, TMZ has obtained emails that show the Duffer brothers were working on a Montauk as far back as November 2010, which would be years before Kessler pitched the idea to them.

The two emails obtained by the outlet show the brothers setting out their plans which include key terms like "gritty eighties," "paranormal" and a reference to "the Montauk experiments."


TMZ also reports that a Google document that was created in October of 2013 became the main story. It said, "Benny (renamed Will for the show) leaves his friend Elliot's house, a bunch of kids are there, eating pizza, dungeons and dragons ... Benny leaves on bike, hears voices, goes into strange world, taken by some evil force."

These documents prove that Mr. Kessler had absolutely nothing to do with the creation of 'Stranger Things.' The Duffer Brothers were developing their project years before he claims to have met them.

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