This guy claims the Duffer Brothers ripped off his 'Stranger Things' idea

Posted April 05, 2018

According to the filed lawsuit, Kessler claimed he discussed his idea of a film with the brothers when he met them at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014.

Writer and producer Charlie Kessler claims the brothers misappropriated his short film titled "Montauk", which premiered in 2012 and was meant to be a teaser for his feature-length script "The Montauk Project".

But now, Kessler claims the Duffer brothers took his idea and ran with it, leaving him out of the project. Kessler's attorney, Michael Kernan, argues that the 2014 pitch "created an implied-in-fact contract pursuant to well-established industry norms" (via The Hollywood Reporter).

TMZ obtained a copy of a casting call for the Netflix series, which clearly labels the show title as Montauk.

In 2012, Kessler released his short film Montauk, which told the story of a young boy who went missing. He also alleged the show was initially distributed with the name of his film, "The Montauk project". The government runs secret experiments on abducted children in Hawkins, Indiana, hoping to better understand the otherworldly force.

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One of the reasons for this is that United States government agencies conducted a variety of very real experiments either seeking to tap into supposed psychic powers or to develop advanced methods for mental and behavioral control. Millie Bobby Brown's character Eleven, was not featured in Montauk and is an exclusive character of Stranger Things. They recruit the help of a unusual new girl in town who has telekinetic powers after being subjected to nearby military experiments.

Kessler's short Montauk is no longer on Vimeo, where it had previously been hosted.

The eight-episode Netflix series was originally set in and titled Montauk.

Kessler is reportedly asking for an injunction ordering the Duffer brothers to stop using materials related to his concepts and is seeking restitution in the amount of benefits to the creators, lost profits and punitive damages.

Stranger Things already has two seasons under its belt with a third season in the making.

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