"Stranger Things" is set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind.
The suit also notes that the Duffers' series was given the working title of The Montauk Project, with the series originally set in the Long Island town of Montauk before the setting was ultimately changed to Indiana. His attorney, Michael Kernan, claims that Kessler's pitch to the Duffers in 2014 should be counted as an "in-fact" contract and follows along with "industry norms" in Hollywood. Unfortunately, a recent report claims that Stranger Things isn't as original as it is purported to be.
The Duffer brothers and Netflix have not commented on the lawsuit. As researcher Christopher Garetano, an executive producer of the History Channel series The Dark Files, said, "After World War II, the United States recruited Nazi scientists and used them for a variety of things, to develop weaponry and technology".
Kessler is suing for "breach of implied contract" and is requesting a jury trial to receive monetary damages. What's more, Kohner said that "the Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler's short film nor discussed any project with him".
Kessler's Montauk short film was registered with the copyright office, meaning his ideas and the content present in the film were protected in 2010, before it even premiered at the festival. The film centered around government experimentation, much like Stanger Things.
The script for Kessler's film involves a boy who goes missing in Montauk, New York near a military base that is secretly doing experiments on children.
Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp star in "Stranger Things" Season 2. In February, director Guillermo del Toro was sued by playwright Paul Zindel's estate, according to Deadline, for "appropriating plot elements from "Let Me Hear You Whisper" into del Toro's film "The Shape of Water".