’Stranger Things’ Creators Sued by Filmmaker who Alleges They Stole Ideas

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"Stranger Things," the hit sci-fi series on Netflix, pays homage to pop culture of the past, from Steven Spielberg movies and Stephen King novels to Japanese anime and vintage video games.

But a filmmaker claims the co-creators of the show flat-out stole his ideas, and now he is taking his complaints to court, reports NBC News.

Charlie Kessler filed a lawsuit Monday in which he alleges the creative duo behind "Stranger Things," brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, lifted concepts from his 2012 short film "Montauk" and a feature film script called "The Montauk Project."

Kessler claims he met the Duffer brothers at a party at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, where they discussed Kessler's "script, ideas, story and film." He claims the Duffers later used "The Montauk Project" as a working title for "Stranger Things."

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