Charlie Kessler Drops Lawsuit Against Duffer Brothers Days Before Trial
Charlie Kessler has dropped his idea theft lawsuit against Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer. He has acknowledged they originated the idea for the show all on their own.
The Alleged Stranger Things Theft
Kessler claimed that the Duffer Brothers swiped his idea after he spoke to them at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. It was at a cocktail party for the screening of Honeymoon. He said he pitched the idea about a decommissioned military facility in Montauk, New York and the legends surrounding it. He was evidently shocked when Netflix announced Stranger Things nearly a year later, with much the same themes. It was even originally titled Montauk.
Statements and Evidence
The trial was to begin this week, on Tuesday, but Kessler dropped it in a statement Sunday afternoon. The Duffer Brothers were able to prove their ideas for Stranger Things went as far back as 2010 with Google docs and emails. Based on that, Kessler admitted they had come up with the idea outside of the screenplay he was working on. The Duffer Brothers claimed they do not even recall meeting Kessler at Tribeca, and maintained the originality of their show.
“After hearing the deposition testimony this week of the legal expert I hired, it is now apparent to me that, whatever I may have believed in the past, my work had nothing to do with the creation of ‘Stranger Things,'” Kessler said in his statement. “Documents from 2010 and 2013 prove that the Duffers independently created their show. As a result, I have withdrawn my claim and I will be making no further comment on this matter.”
Netflix was not named in the suit, but they issued a statement. “We are glad to be able to put this baseless lawsuit behind us,” they said. “As we have said all along, ‘Stranger Things’ is a ground-breaking original creation by the Duffer Brothers. We are proud of the show and of our friends Matt and Ross, whose artistic vision gave life to ‘Stranger Things,’ and whose passion, imagination and relentless hard work alongside our talented cast and crew made it a wildly successful, award-winning series beloved by viewers around the world.”
Stranger Things Goes On
The third season of Stranger Things is set to premiere in July 2019. I can’t wait to see what happens!