Netflix Announces ‘Stranger Things’ Spin-Off, Duffer Brothers Create Upside Down Pictures

(LR) Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer at the Netflix Official Screening of Stranger Things ATAS at Raleigh Studios Hollywood on May 27, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Netflix plans to supplement its offerings with more content from its most popular Stranger Things project.

The streaming giant revealed on Wednesday that hit series creators Matt and Ross Duffer have formed Upside Down Pictures, a new production company that will develop film and TV projects, including a Stranger Things spin-off, as part of the project. the brothers’ joint deal with Netflix.

The company also teased a new production set in the world and mythology of Stranger Things.

Streaming Experts Netflix expected to double down on franchisesas subscriber growth has slowed and has declined recently. Stranger Things DLC is a natural move for Netflix. Not only does it already have a shared deal with the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things just surpassed a billion watch hours on the streaming platform, a feat that has only been achieved by one other show, Squid Game.

“Matt and Ross are exceptionally unique talents with such a sharp and clear vision,” co-CEO Ted Sarandos said Wednesday. “They’re all focused on the details – it’s no coincidence that Stranger Things broke through the zeitgeist and became the epic pop culture phenomenon that it is today.”

Hilary Leavitt, who developed Orphan Black, Ozark and The Great Ones, was hired to manage Upside Down Pictures.

According to the statement, the new production company will “strive to create the kind of stories that inspired the Duffers as children.” “Stories that take place at this beautiful crossroads, where the ordinary meets the extraordinary, where great spectacle coexists with intimate character work, where cynicism wins over the heart.”

Upside Down Pictures is also planning a film adaptation of the Japanese manga Death Note. Netflix previously released an American adaptation of Death Note in 2017.

Additional projects include an original series from the creators of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and a TV adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s epic fantasy novel The Talisman.