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The creators of the very popular netflix series stranger things launched a new company inspired by her with new projects on deck in addition to a new deal with the streaming giant.
According to reports, Matt and Ross Duffer have formed Upside Down Pictures, a new company named after the iconic sci-fi thriller series they created. They also re-entered into a deal with Netflix to release new projects under that banner. The news was announced after the record release of the last two episodes of Stranger Things’ fourth season, setting records including the biggest premiere weekend for an English language TV series to ever air on the platform.
The brothers say Upside Down Pictures is their vehicle for creating more “stories that take place at this beautiful crossroads where the ordinary meets the extraordinary, where grand spectacle coexists with intimate character work, where the heart prevails over cynicism”. Hilary Levitt, who previously helped develop series such as black orphan, ozarkand shiny girls joined the company to oversee development. Previously, she developed TV series projects for Hulu and BBC America.
“Matt and Ross are an exceptionally unique talent with such sharp and clear vision,” Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and Chief Creative Partner of Netflix said in a statement regarding the announcement. “They’re all about the details – it’s no coincidence that stranger things broke through the zeitgeist to become the epic pop culture phenomenon that he is today. We’re excited to continue telling new stories with them as they develop Upside Down Pictures and to welcome Hilary as a creative partner.
Projects the Duffer Brothers will be moving forward on include a live-action version of the popular Japanese anime series Death threata serial adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s 1984 novel The talismanand a series derived from stranger things as well as a play that will be set in the world and mythology of this series.