'Stranger Things' creators' attorney says 'Montauk' lawsuit is 'completely meritless'
Apr 06 2018
Today (April 4), the siblings spoke out about the lawsuit with a statement issued by their attorney Alex Kohner.
Hours after TMZ published the casting call notes, a lawyer for the Duffers has responded to the lawsuit, insisting it is "completely meritless" and claiming it's a "an attempt to profit" from the success of Stranger Things.
Stranger Things already has two seasons under its belt with a third season in the making.
Kessler claims that he presented his idea to the brothers at a 2014 Tribeca Film Festival party, and that it was based on his short filmMontauk, which debuted at the Hamptons Film Festival in 2012. He alleges that he showed the Stranger Things creators the "the script, ideas, story and film", which they then lifted ideas from to create the smash-hit science fiction series.
The Duffers have been open about the original title of their show; heck, it's on the Wikipedia page!
Kessler is seeking damages for a breach of implied contract against the Duffer Brothers, according to the lawsuit.
The eight-episode Netflix series was originally set in and titled Montauk. Kessler says that he'd pitched them a very similar idea at a party back in 2014. However, whether or not any of this will actually happen - let alone whether Kessler's claims are even valid - remains to be seen.
"Conspiracies of government experiments in Montauk, including those of telekinesis and time travel, have been circulating since the 1980s, and it all ties into plenty of Stranger Things fan theories that have been circulating". Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo noted the inspiration in a 2016 interview with Wired, saying the show was somewhat based on those Camp Hero experiments.
When the Duffers were in the early stages of bringing Stranger Things to life, the project had the working title The Montauk Project.
Stranger Things 2 is set in 1984 in, residence are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab, but a sinister entity threatens those left survivors.
Kessler wants "money and destruction of all materials that were allegedly ripped off from his concept".