The otherworldly dust has settled in season four of , which just ended with a couple of blockbuster episodes. While The Duffer Brothers, who created the show, have one more season of the mega-hit left to do, they’re looking ahead to future projects.
Matt and Ross Duffer have launched a new production company as part of their partnership with Netflix. Fittingly, it’s called Upside Down Pictures. The studio, which is run by Ozark and Black orphan producer Hilary Leavitt, “will strive to create the kinds of stories that inspired the Duffers growing up—stories that take place at that beautiful crossroads where the ordinary meets the extraordinary, where great spectacle meets intimate character work, where the heart wins over cynicism”, †
The company and the Duffers also revealed some of the projects they have in the pipeline. To begin with, they are working on a play set in the world of Weird stuff† Emmy and Tony award winner Stephen Daldry, known for his work on The crown and Billy Elliot, will direct the piece. A live action Weird stuff spin-off series is also in the works.
Intriguingly, Netflix is making another attempt at adapting the classic manga and anime series Obituary with the help of the Duffers. Unlike the poorly received 2017 film, this will be a live-action show.
Also in the works under the wing of Upside Down Pictures is a series of creators Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews and an adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s the talisman† The production company and Netflix are teaming up with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Paramount Television for the latest series.
Weird stuff is easily one of Netflix’s greatest successes. Fans have already watched collectively alone. After it’s only the second season of a Netflix show to reach that milestone within 28 days of release.
As such, it’s not much of a surprise that Netflix is looking to expand the Duffers’ remit to (hopefully) work their magic on more shows and movies. The company desperately needs more big hits to attract new subscribers and keep existing ones on board.
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