‘Stranger Things’ expands its universe with an upcoming stage play and spinoff series

Published July 7, 2022, 11:34 AM

by John Legaspi

Netflix is about to bring the Upside Down to the stage

While we are about to see the end of “Stranger Things” with its fifth and final season targeted for release in 2024 (hopefully), it looks like its world is expanding more as the Duffer Brothers announce their future project relating to the Netflix series.

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The show’s creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, reveal that a spinoff series and a stage play are being developed by Netflix together with their production company Upside Down Pictures, with Hilary Leavitt leading it.

“Matt and Ross are an exceptionally unique talent with a vision so crisp and clear,” says Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and chief content officer of Netflix. “They are all about the details—it’s no accident that ‘Stranger Things’ has pierced the zeitgeist to become the epic pop culture phenomenon it is today. We’re excited to continue telling new stories with them as they grow Upside Down Pictures and to welcome Hilary as creative partner.”

Information about the upcoming spinoff is still under wraps but reports state that it will likely be based on an original idea by the Duffers. According to Variety, the two have “previously said that the show would not focus on characters like Eleven or Steve Harrington,” and will be produced by Upside Down Pictures and 21 Laps.

As for the stage production, it will focus on the world and mythology of the series. Leading it will be director Stephen Daldry, who is also co-producing it with theatrical producer Sonia Friedman, Netflix, and 21 Laps.

The release dates of both the stage play and the spinoff are yet to be revealed.

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