Every once in a while, a TV show comes along that changes the landscape of the industry. It could be a sitcom about a group of friends navigating life and love in Central Perk in New York. Or one that whisks viewers away to the fictional kingdom of Westeros. Sometimes, what a show can do is cause fits of nostalgia simply by hitting play. That last trope is the driving force behind the Netflix flagship series, Stranger Things. While fans tune in and gush over Season 4, and the cast and crew gear up for Season 5, the co-creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, are dishing about the rumored spin-off and when it could happen.
The two sat down with Variety and dished on the spin-off prospect. They discuss that it hadn’t happened yet because they didn’t “want to do it for the wrong reasons.” They considered if they would want to do the project if they removed the Stanger Things name from the project. They answered that with a simple “Definitely.” The two go on to tell reporter Kate Aurthur that the series would be different from what fans expect. Whether that means none of the current characters would show up or not is anyone’s guess, but it sounds intriguing.
The Duffer Brothers created and wrote Stranger Things using a myriad of inspirations. On top of dropping dozens of 80s references, they incorporated inspirations from Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, David Lynch, Stephen King, and Wes Craven. They also played on the real-life conspiracy theories running rampant during the Cold War. After four successful seasons over six years, the Duffer Brothers have finally addressed the rumors of a spin-off. Although it may be some time until that spin-off happens, we are happy that it is being discussed. We will just patiently wait for this epic conclusion of the fourth season.
Stranger Things is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, and follows a group of children during the 1980s. The series kicks off with the disappearance of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp). He is abducted by a creature from the Upside Down. The Upside Down is a parallel universe unintentionally discovered by the Hawkins National Laboratory while conducting human experiments on children. Namely Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). The four seasons explore Eleven’s powers as they battle creatures from the other dimension and attempt to protect their town.
Another aspect that gives fans a peek into what could be happening in the comments reported by Comicbook that the Duffer Brothers made about one actor. Finn Wolfhard had apparently nailed the concept on the head behind the scenes. The two spoke about how the young actor wasn’t spitballing but told them about an excellent spin-off idea that happened to be precisely what they were exploring. They then went on to discuss how talented of a director he would be. Could those comments have revealed he would direct this future spin-off of Stanger Things? The only thing for sure we know, as Forbes reported, is that the Duffer Brothers believe there are still more exciting stories to tell in that world.