‘Stranger Issues’ Creators Respond To The ‘Fully Meritless’ Claim That They Stole The Show Concept
On Wednesday, Stranger Things co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer responded to a filmmaker’s lawsuit claiming that they stole the concept for the hit Netflix present. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Duffer brothers’ lawyer, Alex Kohner mentioned in an announcement, “Mr. Kessler’s declare is totally meritless. He had no connection to the creation or improvement of Stranger Issues. The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler’s brief movie nor mentioned any challenge with him. That is simply an try to revenue from different folks’s creativity and onerous work.”
The aforementioned “Mr. Kessler” is Charlie Kessler, a filmmaker who claims he pitched the original concept for what turned Stranger Issues to Matt and Ross Duffer at a celebration on the 2014 Tribeca Movie Competition. He’s suing the pair for “breach of implied contract” which, per Kessler’s lawyer, Michael Kernan, relies on the authorized argument “that the 2014 get together pitch created an implied-in-fact contract pursuant to well-established business norms.” As well as, Kessler insists Stranger Issues relies on his brief movie The Montauk Mission, which options comparable “numerous city legends, and paranormal and conspiracy theories.”
“After the large success of Stranger Issues,” Kernan wrote in a court filing made public earlier this week, “Defendants have made large sums of cash by producing the collection primarily based on Plaintiff’s Ideas.” Because of this, Kessler is searching for an injunction in opposition to the Duffer brothers and Netflix that can require each to “cease utilizing his ideas and to destroy all supplies primarily based on these ideas, in addition to restitution, misplaced income and punitive damages.” Nevertheless, whether or not or not any of this can truly occur — not to mention whether or not Kessler’s claims are even legitimate — stays to be seen.
(By way of The Hollywood Reporter)