Earlier this week, it was reported that The Duffer Brothers, the creators of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things, were being sued for plagiarism by a man named Charlie Kessler. Kessler alleged that he created a short named “Montauk,” which he showed to the pair, in hopes of getting it made into a full feature. Nothing ever came of that meeting, but a couple years later, Stranger Things — a project based on The Montauk Project — hit Netflix.
Alex Kohner, attorney for the Duffers, has responded to these accusations with the following:
“Mr. Kessler’s claim is completely meritless. He had no connection to the creation or development of Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler’s short film nor discussed any project with him. This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work.”
Obviously, we don’t know which version of the story is true, but my main concern coming out of the allegations was that if the Duffers indeed knew Kessler, and that Kessler had indeed made a short film called “Montauk,” it would be very difficult for them to argue with any accusations of plagiarism. However, with them full-on denying any knowledge of him as a human being, it’s something that’s easier for them to defend against.
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