Netflix Series - Stranger Things 4

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Press Release:
Netflix said:
30 September 2019

STRANGER THINGS RENEWED FOR SEASON 4 AS NETFLIX MAKES OVERALL DEAL WITH THE DUFFER BROTHERS

Hollywood, Calif., - September 30, 2019 -- Netflix has renewed the worldwide hit series Stranger Things for a fourth season and signed series creators and showrunners The Duffer Brothers to a multi-year film and series overall deal.

See the Stranger Things 4 announcement here.

“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 Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “We can’t wait to see what The Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of The Upside Down.”

"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. 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!"

About The Series:

Stranger Things is a Netflix Original Series created by The Duffer Brothers and produced by Monkey Massacre Productions & 21 Laps Entertainment. The Duffer Brothers serve as executive producers on the series alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps Entertainment and Iain Paterson.

About The Duffer Brothers:

The twin brothers were raised in Durham, North Carolina and began making films in the third grade using the Hi8 camcorder they received as a gift from their parents. They went on to attend Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, graduating in 2007 with degrees in film production.

After graduating, the Duffer Brothers wrote and directed several short films, attracting the attention of both Warner Bros., which acquired their script for the post-apocalyptic horror film Hidden, and filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, who hired them as writers for multiple episodes of the Fox series Wayward Pines.

Building on their growing success, the Duffer Brothers pitched their idea for Stranger Things, an homage to 1980s genre films. The series was picked up by Netflix and premiered in the summer of 2016 to critical-acclaim and went on to become a global phenomenon, with Matt and Ross at the helm as writers, directors and showrunners.

Stranger Things has garnered over 50 awards nominations, including those from the Emmys, the Golden Globes, the Grammys, SAG, DGA, WGA, BAFTA, the Art Directors Guild and the People’s Choice Awards, among many others.

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About Netflix:

Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with over 151 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
 

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What does everyone think in terms of a time frame for release? Summer again? Maybe fall?
 

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It was the end of season 3. I thought it was pretty obvious who "The American" was, I didn't realize people thought it was a mystery.
 

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I thought it was going to be that eccentric bearded guy. Can’t remember his name. But I’m fine with it being Hopper.
 

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Production shut down after a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the writers apparently stayed busy:

Usually with TV shows, the first few scripts are written by the time production starts, and then it's a race for the writers to stay ahead of the production. In a way, this is the best of both worlds; they had a month's worth of material that they could evaluate to see what's working and what isn't with the beginning of the season. But when they resume production, everybody involved will know exactly where the season's heading.

Also interesting: nine scripts, which would seem to suggest nine episodes. The second season had nine episodes, while the first and third seasons each had eight episodes.
 
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Production shut down after a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the writers apparently stayed busy:

Usually with TV shows, the first few scripts are written by the time production starts, and then it's a race for the writers to stay ahead of the production. In a way, this is the best of both worlds; they had a month's worth of material that they could evaluate to see what's working and what isn't with the beginning of the season. But when they resume production, everybody involved will know exactly where the season's heading.

Also interesting: nine scripts, which would seem to suggest nine episodes. The second season had nine episodes, while the first and third seasons each had eight episodes.
From the picture, it looks like 8 to me. But it hard to be sure.
 

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The Duffer brothers told The Hollywood Reporter that season "four won't be the end. We know what the end is, and we know when it is. [The pandemic] has given us time to look ahead, figure out what is best for the show. Starting to fill that out gave us a better idea of how long we need to tell that story."
 

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