It looks like creators of the Upside Down will be exiting the series fairly early, a new report from Moviefone states. According to the outlet, Matt and Ross Duffer, the duo who created Stranger Things a couple years back, who showran the past two seasons, and who will be showrunning in Stranger Things 3 (which is set to release next year), will not be back for a Season 4.
This is no official announcement, nor something either of the siblings has stated publicly, but is actually from a source with knowledge from the production.
What’s the reason behind this potential departure? Well, it doesn’t sound like the pair is trying to jump off before the series jumps the shark (that was my first thought), but that they will likely do so in order to fulfill their contract with Netflix. According to the outlet’s source, the Duffers have a deal that requires at least two more projects. In order to make that a possibility, they’ll need to take a step back from the show to develop and produce the other said series on their contracts. Additionally, there are also rumors that the pair is taking meetings regarding directing a feature film, though we’ll see what happens with that.
So what does this mean for Stranger Things? Will it end after Season 3? Likely not. Like many other shows, a series doesn’t necessarily live and die with its creators (for better or worse). Let’s just hope that if they do leave, they leave it in trusted hands (Shawn Levy, we’re looking at you, though it’s not like he’s not in demand at this moment).
While this is a bit disappointing, the silver lining here is the potential to get two more high-quality original series from the brothers. It may seem silly for Netflix to basically force them out of their own show to fulfill a contract, but if their next couple of shows are as good as Stranger Things, it makes much better long-term sense for the streaming service to go for three long-running series than to just stick with one.
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