If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to stranger things – there is only one season left – you are in luck.
The Duffer Brothers have announced their new production company, Upside Down Pictures, for film and television projects as part of their overall deal with Netflix. Hilary Leavitt was hired to run the company. Upside Down Pictures “will aim to create the kind of stories that inspired the Duffers growing up – stories that take place at this beautiful crossroads where the ordinary meets the extraordinary, where grand spectacle coexists with intimate character work, where the heart prevails over cynicism.”
The announcement includes the list of projects in active development at Netflix. There are two stranger things projects: a new play set in its universe and mythology, produced by Sonia Friedman, Stephen Daldry and Netflix and with 21 Laps as associate producer, and a live-action spin-off series based on an original idea by the Duffer Brothers, with Upside Down and 21 rounds of production. The Duffer Brothers recently spoke about the latter, with Ross noting that “the most important connective tissue, I would say, is his sensitivity to storytelling. There is a story that connects to the stranger things world, but it’s more about how we tell this story.
The Duffer Brothers are also developing a brand new live-action TV adaptation of the popular Japanese manga and anime series. Death threatan original series from creators Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, and a series adaptation from Stephen King and Peter Straub The talisman alongside Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Paramount Television which will be created by Curtis Gwinn.
“It didn’t take long for our first meeting with Hilary, where we bonded over films like Jaws, Home Alone and Speed, to know we had found a kindred spirit,” Matt and Ross Duffer said in a communicated. “Hilary’s passion for storytelling is perhaps matched only by her passion for storytellers themselves, for whom she is fiercely protective. No wonder so many writers and directors are drawn to her. He is indeed a rare talent, and we are extremely grateful to have him by our side as we build Upside Down Pictures.
Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos added, “Matt and Ross are an exceptionally unique talent with such sharp and clear vision. They’re all about the details – it’s no coincidence that Stranger Things has broken through the zeitgeist to become the epic pop culture phenomenon it is today. We’re excited to continue telling new stories with them as they develop Upside Down Pictures and to welcome Hilary as a creative partner.
“I remember the first movie I saw at the cinema, the first VHS tape I received for Christmas, the first international sheet I bid on ebay because it was cooler than the national And the first time I met Matt and Ross All of those seminal moments led to this ridiculously cool opportunity to start a business with the Duffer Brothers where we produce movies and TV because we love movies and television,” Leavitt said. “That love is at the heart of Upside Down Pictures, where we can collaborate with other artists on projects across all genres. We all love what we do and are excited to do more and more of it.
This news comes less than a week after the last two episodes of stranger things Season 4 has dropped on Netflix. stranger things 4 is number 1 on Netflix’s all-time most popular English TV list with 1.15 billion hours watched in its first 28 days.