Stranger Things Creators Accused of Plagiarizing From Montauk Short Film

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement A lawyer for Charlie Kessler, director of the 2012 short film Montauk, filed a breach of implied contract lawsuit against the Duffer brothers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday. READ MOREStranger Things creators slam lawsuit: ‘Completely meritless’ The Duffer brothers are breaking their silence on a lawsuit alleging the writer-producer duo stole the concept for their Netflix hit Stranger Things. Their attorney Alex Kohner issued a statement Wednesday blasting plaintiff Charlie Kessler, who accused Matt and Ross Duffer of ripping off his 2012 short film “Montauk.”“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.” READ MOREStranger Things Creators Accused of Lifting Ideas—But Not by Whom You ThinkAlex Kohner, attorney to the Duffer brothers, has issued the following statement about the lawsuit:“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.”Matt and Ross Duffer are entering the upside-down world of litigation—and no, not because Stephen King and Steven Spielberg have finally changed their minds about the duo jocking their aesthetic. READ MORE‘Stranger Things’ Creators Sued for Allegedly Stealing Concept for Netflix ShowThings creators Matt and Ross Duffer are being sued for allegedly stealing the idea for their hit Netflix series. Charlie Kessler is suing the Duffer brothers for breach of implied contract, claiming he pitched them his concept for a sci-fi story set near an abandoned military base during a party at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.Kessler says Stranger Things is based on his short film Montauk and a feature film script titled The Montauk Project — both of which are set in the New York city of the same name, which he says is home to “various urban legends, and paranormal and conspiracy theories.” READ MOREDuffer Brothers Accused Of Lifting ‘Stranger Things’ From 2012 Short FilmThe director of a 2012 short film called Montauk is claiming the Duffer Brothers lifted ideas about government secrets from his festival entry to create Netflix’s Stranger Things.Charlie Kessler, who directed the short film Montauk that debuted at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival, filed a lawsuit Tuesday (read it here) in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming he pitched the Montauk concept to Matt and Ross Duffer in April 2014 at a Tribeca Film Festival party and later presented “the script, ideas, story and film” to the duo that they allegedly used to develop their hit series. READ MORE Facebook ‘Stranger Things’ Creators Accused of Plagiarizing From ‘Montauk’ Short FilmThe director of “Montauk,” a six-minute film about an incident on a Long Island beach, filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the creators of “Stranger Things” of ripping off the idea.Charlie Kessler says he made the short film in 2012 as a teaser for a feature film to be called “The Montauk Project.” He alleges that he pitched the idea to Matt and Ross Duffer, the co-creators of the Netflix sci-fi hit, when they met at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. Kessler says the idea went nowhere at the time, but the Duffer brothers used it as the germ for “Stranger Things,” which debuted in 2016. READ MOREStranger Things creators blast lawsuit as ‘completely meritless’The brothers behind Stranger Things face a lawsuit over their Netflix hit that was brought by a filmmaker who alleges Matt and Ross Duffer stole his idea to create their science fiction series.center_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Noah Schnapp, FInn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb Mclaughlin star in the Netflix series Stranger Things. (Netflix) Twitterlast_img

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