“Stranger Things” Almost Didn’t Happen, Here’s Why
The Duffer brothers have become a household name because of their breakout series “Stranger Things,” but it turns out their brilliance dates back pretty far, and they’re far from new to the scene.
Mashable’s Jeff Sneider chronicled the history of Matt and Ross Duffer, from their early successes in film school to the brilliant projects they worked on which came and went unnoticed. “Hidden,” a film starring Alexander Skarsgard appeared to be very promising, but botched marketing led to its release to video-on-demand, keeping the brothers very much like the title of the film.
When it came to shopping “Stranger Things,” executives couldn’t rap their minds around a show which contained a cast that consisted primarily of children. One executive stated:
“You either gotta make it into a kids show or make it about this Hopper [detective] character investigating paranormal activity around town.”
The show ended up being rejected between fifteen and twenty times before being picked up by Netflix, which finally gave the Duffer’s the recognition as fantastic filmmakers that they so rightly deserve.
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