The Duffer Brothers announced this well their new production company, Upside Down Pictures. This will be for film and television projects as part of their overall deal with Netflix. Hilary Leavitt has been hired to run the company. They most recently released the fourth season of their hit Netflix series, Stranger Things, which they wrote, directed, and executive produced. It’s now the number one on the streamer’s most popular English TV list with a crazt 1.15 billion hours viewed in the first 28 days.
This kind of success has them now working on a variety of projects for the streaming giant. According to the Duffer Brothers, Upside Down Pictures will “aim to create the kind of stories that inspired the Duffers growing up – stories that take place at that beautiful crossroads where the ordinary meets the extraordinary, where big spectacle co-exists with intimate character work, where heart wins out over cynicism.”
With that in mind, they have announced the following growing slate of projects in active development:
- An all-new live-action television adaptation of the beloved Japanese manga and anime series Death Note.
- An original series from creators Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews
- A series adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s The Talisman alongside Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Paramount Television to be created by Curtis Gwinn.
- A new stage play set within the world and mythology of Stranger Things. Produced by prolific and multi-award-winning producers Sonia Friedman, Stephen Daldry, and Netflix. Daldry will also direct. 21 Laps serves an Associate Producer.
- A live-action Stranger Things spin-off series based on an original idea by the Duffer Brothers, with Upside Down and 21 Laps producing.
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That is quite the slate that they have put together, but when you make something as successful as Stranger Things, there are going to be many other storytellers out there that are going to want to work with you. But first, how about they wrap up season five of Stranger Things?
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