Stranger Things is the most popular show on Netflix, and is about a small Indiana town beset by otherworldly horrors from beyond the razor-thin veil separating our reality from the next, all of it started by hubristic scientists so consumed with what they could do they didn’t stop to think whether they should. It’s the brainchild of Matt and Ross Duffer, who grew up in the 1980s era and remember it in their storylines, bringing a fresh nostalgia for people our age.
However, Charlie Kessler asserts that he met the Duffers, then two young filmmakers whom Kessler never had heard of, and chatted with them for ten to fifteen minutes. That casual conversation — during which the Duffers supposedly said that they all ‘should work together’ and asked ‘what [Kessler] was working on’ — is the sole basis for the alleged implied contract at issue in this lawsuit and for Kessler’s meritless theory that the Duffers used his ideas to create Stranger Things.
Basically, Wickers argues that a few minutes of cocktail conversation doesn’t amount to a contract, and that even if it did, it wouldn’t matter because the Duffers had the ideas for Stranger Things years earlier and were already scouting locations when they talked to Kessler in 2014, just two years before the show premiered on Netflix. Wickers backs this up with emails from 2010 that detail a show set in the ’80s featuring a secret underground research facility, unethical experiments and a monster coming through a portal, all things that should sound familiar to Stranger Things fans.
Another email, sent shorter thereafter, mentions children who were experimented on and who are capable of things like mind control and telekinesis, which sounds like Eleven and some of the other kids in her program.