Stranger Things Creators Are Being Sued for Allegedly Stealing a Filmmaker's Idea

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Earlier this week, it was reported that The Duffer Brothers, the creators of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things, were being sued for plagiarism by a man named Charlie Kessler. Today (April 4), the siblings spoke out about the lawsuit with a statement issued by their attorney Alex Kohner. "Mr. Kessler's claim is completely meritless", reads the statement.

This news came just as the cast of Stranger Things have been said to get bigger pay checks for the third season of the show.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles, he accuses Matt and Ross Duff of the unauthorized use and exploitation of his 2012 short movie called Montauk and the script for The Montauk Project too.

Kessler alleges Stranger Things is based on his short film Montauk, which premiered at a film festival in 2012 and was meant as a teaser for a feature-length film, The Montauk Project.

When you delve a but further, this whole thing becomes a bit of a conspiracy worthy of the town of Hawkins.

Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp star in "Stranger Things" Season 2.

He reportedly spoke with the Duffer brothers about this during a party at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. Per Variety, a 1992 book titled The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time, written by Preston B. Nichols and Peter Moon, is about a series of secret government experiments at Montauk's Camp Hero Park, which conspiracy theorists believe really happened.

According to the lawsuit, Montauk's storyline features a number of elements similar to those seen in the Netflix series, including children with enhanced thoughts and abilities, a military facility that carries out secret experiments on humans and a monstrous creature from another dimension.

"After the massive success of Stranger Things ..."

Indeed, the show was supposed to be set in the town of Montauk on Long Island and its early title was "Montauk" but the show was later moved to a fictional in city Hawkins.

Kessler wants an injunction forcing the brothers to stop using his ideas and to destroy everything based on them.

Representatives for the Duffers and Netflix have not yet responded to Vanity Fair's request for comment.

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