Netflix’s summer hit “Stranger Things” has amassed a cult following since its mid-July debut. And now that most have binged the sci-fi series steeped in ’80s nostalgia, the pressure for a sequel is on for sibling creators Matt and Ross Duffer.
“Just by hearing the question we get stressed,” says Matt with a laugh. “I know that we are now on the radar and many people want to know what will happen, but we try not to think about it.”
The 32-year-old twins — influenced by iconic pop culture from the ’80s like Steven Spielberg films and Dungeons & Dragons — say they want to continue writing the types of stories they want to see on the screen.
But don’t expect a repeat of season one. *Signal the show’s synth-heavy theme song.*
“A good sequel is showing something different,” says Matt. “We don’t want to repeat the formula or fill the next season with Demogorgons.”
Here the brothers chat about taking us back to the ’80s and which child stars will return.
Fans have flooded the internet with theories about the series. What do you think about that?
Matt: We read what fans write, and, believe it or not, we take it into account. Followers are becoming great inspirations for us. There are a lot of very creative people out there.
One theory says that a second season would not see the same cast of children.
M: Calm down. The kids are not going anywhere. At least not all of them [laughs]. We want the same thing to happen like with “Harry Potter,” so the audience can see them grow. We are excited because these guys will be very recognizable later.
None of them are older than 12. They were born with smartphones, so how was it for them to play kids from the ’80s?
Ross: They had a lot of fun. But, in certain scenes they asked us, “What are these things?” when they used walkie-talkies. The wonderful thing is that they all played around a lot on set and became great friends while shooting — they even forgot about their phones.
Are you planning for several seasons?
M: We have discussed this many times and have come to the conclusion that what really worries us is to finish on a high note, and in the best way possible. I think we’re going to realize that in time. For now, we want the series to be credible in the science-fiction genre.
R : We have nothing boxed in. We want to make the story the one that tells us where to go. That’s the great thing about working at Netflix. We have total freedom.
A lot of networks rejected “Stranger Things,” so what would you say to those executives?
M: Thank you! Because all roads brought us here. We had not come to Netflix first because we never believed that they would accept. Our show has elements that can be uncomfortable for some. In principle, you have five children in leading roles in a show that is not for children. Also, Matt and I did not want to give in with the story. We knew this was not the typical series that would be accepted by the typical American TV station and that the road would be hard.
You guys are science-fiction fans, but do you actually believe in some things seen on the show?
M: Now, it’s great to say yes without being labeled as crazy [laughs]. It’s scary and exciting to think about parallel worlds. For the series, we wanted everything to have a scientific basis. We did not want to touch spiritual or religious issues.