– by Seth McDonald

The third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things will begin filming in the near future, with an expected debut sometime next year. The show is arguably the streaming giant’s biggest hit, and is really the closest thing Netflix has ever had to a franchise, but according to producer Shawn Levy, who recently spoke with ComicBook, a franchise is not how he and the show creators, Ross and Matt Duffer think about the show:

“The notion of a franchise didn’t exist at Netflix before Stranger Things. And we’ve certainly seen our growth as we move into merchandising, as we move into partnerships, and promotional partnerships. We don’t speak of it as [a] franchise. We definitely want to do several more seasons. Beyond that, certainly this has become one of the flagship brands of Netflix. And they would like to see us telling these stories in whatever ways, and for as many years as possible.”

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Even if the show-runners don’t want it to be a franchise at this time, it is certainly an option that is available to them. Perhaps the powers behind Stranger Things want it to be left alone and untainted when they are finished. The good news for fans is that as Levy mentioned, is Netflix wants them to tell Stranger stories for as long as possible. Which coincides with the recent debunking of rumors that the Duffer brothers are leaving the show after the next season.

It is very likely after the show’s initial run that we could see things like, Stranger Things: Insert New Show Idea Here. 

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Source: ComicBook