It may be hard to imagine it now, but the hit Netflix series Stranger Things was originally planned to be a limited series, as series co-creator Ross Duffer revealed during a Q&A session at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
While speaking at this “homecoming” of sorts (the Duffer Brothers graduated from the film school), Duffer said:
“Maybe I shouldn’t say this because I like to pretend that it was all planned out, but it was originally pitched as a limited series. So Eleven was gonna sacrifice herself and save the world, and then that was going to be it, because there was a moment where limited series were a big deal.”
It turns out that the series was pretty much expanded as a response from Netflix during the pitching stage.
“And I remember when we went into Netflix and we pitched this they were like, ‘Well, we like this, but how could it keep going?’ And you’re just sort of riffing in the moment and we were like, ‘Well, Will’s back from this other dimension and he’s not doing very well.’ And they were like ‘great!’”
I especially love this because very often, you hear stories about creators having a giant plan from the start. Hell, George Lucas is probably the most guilty for constantly rewriting the history of Star Wars, but that’s very rarely the case.
Almost no one has a plan from the get-go, and that doesn’t mean it can’t result in great storytelling.
What do you think? Do you like that Stranger Things became a full series, or do you wish it stuck around as a limited series? Let us know down below!