Originally the idea for ‘Stranger Things‘ wasn’t to tell us an ongoing story but to be more of an anthology series in the style of ‘American Horror Story.’ With the second season continuing the story from the first one, I’m sure fans everywhere are glad that this isn’t how things ended up. While the marketing for the first season was thinner than the space between Earth and The Upside Down, the show has become one of Netflix’s largest hits to date. It is hard to imagine that the idea was initially pitched as anything less than what we’re getting!
While the marketing for the first season was thinner than the space between Earth and The Upside Down, the show has become one of Netflix’s largest hits to date. It is hard to imagine that the idea was initially pitched as anything less than what we’re getting!
The news came during an exclusive Screen Rant interview over at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 when the Duffer Bros were asked if there was any truth to the rumor that Season 2 was originally going to be different than Season 1:
DUFFER BROTHERS: There is some truth to that. Yeah. That was when we were pitching it. That was true. Cause we looked at Stephen King’s IT and we liked that time jump that they made so we kind of pitched that as a way and then Netflix was really interested in it as a series. Because rightfully so! There were like, “I think people are going to fall in love with these kids. We are going to invest so much time with them, we’re going to want to continue our journey with them.” And they were right. Once we started building a writers room and working on the show, we started to develop it and plan a multiple season arc.
Personally, I’m glad they didn’t go that route as being able to get the complete story over a course of years instead of just a season long snippet is by far a preference at this point. However, the idea of an anthology series by the Duffer Brothers is an intriguing one and if they don’t switch to feature films next is also one that I would hope that they explore. Possibly, with new horror set in the same style but throughout different time periods each year.
Are you glad ‘Stranger Things’ ended up being an ongoing series or would you have preferred that it was an anthology show? Share your thoughts below!