Duffer Brothers Bow New Production Company Upside Down Pictures at Netflix

“Stranger Things” creators the Duffer Brothers have announced a new production company — Upside Down Pictures — for film and television projects as part of their overall deal with Netflix. The Duffer brothers will also produce new “Stranger Things” projects, among an expanded slate of titles.

Hilary Leavitt (“Orphan Black,” “Ozark”) has been hired to run Upside Down Pictures.

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.”

The Duffer Brothers and Netflix also announced a growing slate of projects in active development:

  • an all-new live-action television adaptation of the renowned Japanese manga and anime series “Death Note”;
  • an original series from creators Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance);
  • 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 Sonia Friedman, Stephen Daldry (“The Crown,” Billy Elliot, The Reader) and Netflix; and
  • a live-action “Stranger Things” spin-off series based on an original idea by The Duffer Brothers, with Upside Down and 21 Laps producing.

 

The Duffer Brothers most recently released the fourth season of the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” which they wrote, directed and executive produced. “Stranger Things” season four is now No. 1 on Netflix’s (all time) Most Popular English TV list with 1.15 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days — only the second series to cross the billion-hour viewing mark, with the final tally expected to be higher as volume two of the season reaches the 28-day viewing period. The third season released in 2019 still holds at No. 3 on the chart.

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“It didn’t take long into our first meeting with Hilary, where we bonded over films like Jaws, Home Alone and Speed, to know we had found a kindred spirit,” Matt and Ross Duffer said in a statement. “Hilary’s passion for storytelling is perhaps matched only by her passion for the storytellers themselves, for whom she is fiercely protective. No wonder so many writers and directors are drawn to working with her. She is a rare talent indeed, and we feel extremely grateful to have her at our side as we build Upside Down Pictures.”

“Matt and Ross are an exceptionally unique talent with a vision so crisp and clear,” said Ted Sarandos in a statement. “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.”

“I remember the first movie I saw in the theater, the first VHS tape I got for Christmas, the first international one-sheet I bid for on eBay because it was cooler than the domestic,” Hilary Leavitt said in a statement. “And the first time I met Matt and Ross. All of these seminal moments have led to this ridiculously cool opportunity to build a company with the Duffer Brothers where we produce movies and television because we love movies and television. This love is at the core of Upside Down Pictures, where we’re able to collaborate with other artists on projects across the full spectrum of genre. We all love what we do and are excited to do more and more.”

‘Stranger Things’ Season Four to Bow in Two Volumes on May 27 and July 1

The Duffer brothers, executive producers and creators of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Feb. 17 revealed that the fourth season will bow in two volumes on May 27 and July 1.

In a letter to fans, Matt and Ross Duffer called season four “the most challenging season yet,” with almost two years of filming, thousands of special effects shots and nearly twice the length of previous seasons.

“It’s also the beginning of the end,” they wrote. “Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for ‘Stranger Things.’ At the time, we predicted the story would last four to five seasons. It proved too large to tell in four, but — as you’ll soon see for yourselves — we are now hurtling toward our finale. Season four will be the penultimate season; season five will be the last.”

In season four, it’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, the group of friends are separated for the first time — and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier. In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.

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Since its release in 2016, “Stranger Things” has garnered more than 65 award wins and 175 award nominations, including plaudits from the Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys, SAG, DGA, PGA, WGA, BAFTA, a Peabody Award, AFI Program of the Year, the People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie & TV Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and many others. The three-time Emmy nominee for Best Drama is one of Netflix’s most-watched titles, according to the service, with season three amassing 582 million view hours ranking as the second most popular English-language series in the Netflix top 10, and season two accounting for 427 million view hours ranking at No. 10. 

Netflix Renews ‘Stranger Things’ for Fourth Season, Inks Deal With Creators the Duffer Brothers

Netflix has renewed the series “Stranger Things” for a fourth season and has signed series creators and showrunners the Duffer brothers to a multi-year film and series overall deal.

“The Duffer brothers have captivated viewers around the world with ‘Stranger Things and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with them to bring their vivid imaginations to other film and series projects our members will love,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “We can’t wait to see what the Duffer brothers have in store when they step outside the world of The Upside Down.”

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The Duffer Brothers

“We are absolutely thrilled to continue our relationship with Netflix. Ted Sarandos, Cindy Holland, Brian Wright, and Matt Thunell took a huge chance on us and our show — and forever changed our lives,” said the Duffer brothers in a statement. “From our first pitch meeting to the release of ‘Stranger Things 3,’ the entire team at Netflix has been nothing short of sensational, providing us with the kind of support, guidance, and creative freedom we always dreamed about. We can’t wait to tell many more stories together — beginning, of course, with a return trip to Hawkins!”

“Stranger Things” is a Netflix Original Series about mysterious happenings in a small town. The Duffer brothers serve as executive producers on the series alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps Entertainment and Iain Paterson.