The creators of "Stranger Things" Matt and Ross Duffer are getting sued by filmmaker Charlie Kessler, claiming they stole his idea for the show. Kessler says that he'd pitched them a very similar idea at a party back in 2014.
Kessler's idea was supposed to be based on his supernatural film "Montauk," which premiered at a festival two years before. He gave them an outline for the project, and even trusted them with the original "Montauk" script.
Now that the show has blown up, averaging 4 million viewers per episode, Kessler is seeking compensation for lost profits, claiming that the Duffer brothers stole his ideas without his permission.
Both Kessler's project and the "Stranger Things" series involve children with superhuman abilities, alternate dimensions, and a boy who vanishes. The show was even named "Montauk" before it was changed to "Stranger Things" and picked up by Netflix.
Kessler's lawsuit states, “After the massive success of ‘Stranger Things’ that is based on Plaintiff’s concepts that Plaintiffs discussed with Defendants, Defendants have made huge sums of money by producing the series based on Plaintiff’s concepts without compensating or crediting Plaintiff for his Concepts.”
Source: HuffPost Canada