Stranger Things creators to stand trial for ‘stealing plot of Netflix show’

Stranger Things creators, the Duffer Brothers, will stand trial after being accused of stealing the plot of the smash hit Netflix show.

The brothers, who are also showrunners, are preparing for season three, which is out in July , but have had their attempts to get the plagiarism lawsuit dismissed thrown out by a LA judge.

Charlie Kessler, the director of the 2010 short film Montauk, has sued the brothers for allegedly stealing the main idea from his found-footage film.

Kessler alleges he pitched a series based off his short film to the Duffer Brothers at a party held at Tribeca Film Festival in 2014, but they didn't show any interest.

He also laid out plans to "actively develop a feature version" of his paranormal story which is set near a military base to Slash Film in 2010.

Then in April 2015, Netflix announced the series Stranger Things , but it had the title Montauk.

The synopsis read: “In the series, set in 1980 Montauk, Long Island, a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl. Montauk is a love letter to the 80s classics that captivated a generation.”

The series written and directed by the Duffer Brothers later changed its name and changed location to Hawkins, Indiana.

Kessler's attorney claims the pitch made to the brothers formed a verbal contract "based on industry expectations" which crated an "implied in-fact contract".

Entertainment Weekly reports that both Stranger Things and Montauk are inspired by the real life conspiracy theory based on the Long Island village in the 1970s.

If Kessler wins the case the Duffer brothers and Netflix will have to destroy all materials based off the story they have allegedly plagiarised.

LA Superior Court Judge Michael Stern wrote : “Triable issues of fact remain to be determined concerning what plaintiff said, what he meant to convey by his conversation and how the defendants responded before it can be definitively concluded whether or not an implied in fact contract was formed,”

Netflix has backed the brothers saying: “This case has no merit, which we look forward to being confirmed by a full hearing of the facts in court.”

Stranger Things season 3 is back on July 4 with the familiar cast as well as some new faces.

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