Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer have announced a spin-off show from their hit sci-fi series. The filmmaking duo, popularly known as The Duffer Brothers, have launched their production company Upside Down Pictures, a press release said. The company’s title is inspired by the alternate world of Strange Things called The Upside Down.
They are set to work on five projects with Netflix as part of their overall deal with the streaming service. The live-action Stranger Things spin-off series is based on an original idea by the Duffer Brothers, with Upside Down and Shawn Levy’s 21 Rounds serving as producers.
The other four projects include a play, set in the world and mythology of Stranger Things. It will be directed by filmmaker Stephen Daldry, who will also produce alongside Sonia Friedman and Netflix.
The Duffer brothers are also working on a live-action TV version of the Japanese manga and anime series Death Note, which was previously adapted into a live-action film in 2017.
Additionally, they are set to develop a serial adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s novel The Talisman, alongside Amblin Entertainment and Steven Spielberg’s Paramount Television, with Curtis Gwinn adapting the book for the screen.
Finally, the duo is producing an original series from Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, the creators of the Netflix series Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
Led by Hilary Leavitt, the Upside Down banner “will aim to create the kind of stories that inspired the Duffers growing up – stories that take place at that beautiful crossroads where the ordinary meets the extraordinary, where the big show coexists with the intimate work of character, where the heart prevails over cynicism”.
“It didn’t take long for our first meeting with Hilary, where we bonded over movies like Jaws, Home Alone and Speed, to know we had found a kindred spirit. Hilary’s passion for storytelling n is perhaps matched only by her passion for the storytellers themselves, for whom she is fiercely protective.
“No wonder so many writers and directors are drawn to working with her. She is indeed a rare talent, and we are extremely grateful to have her by our side as we build Upside Down Pictures,” they wrote. they said in a statement.
Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos hailed Matt and Ross Duffer as exceptionally unique talent with “such sharp and clear vision”.
“They’re all about the details – it’s no coincidence that Stranger Things blew through the zeitgeist to become the epic pop culture phenomenon it is today. We’re excited to continue to tell stories new stories with them as they develop Upside Down Pictures and to welcome Hilary as a creative partner,” he added.
Matt and Ross Duffer recently released the fourth season of “Stranger Things,” which became the second Netflix series to cross the billion-hour-watched mark.