Duffer Brothers Developing ‘Stranger Things’ Play & ‘Death Note’ Series

The upcoming projects will be under their new production banner, Upside Down Pictures.

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The Duffer Brothers are working on a Stranger Things play and a Death Note series under their new production banner.

Stranger Things 5 will mark the end of the Netflix phenomenon. The latest update we’ve received from the Duffer Brothers is that it will be a shorter season and they will begin writing next month. It was also announced on Wednesday that the Duffer Brothers are developing several other projects under their new production banner, Upside Down Pictures.

What’s Next for the Duffer Brothers?

We’ve already known that a Stranger Things spin-off series was in the works based on an idea from the Duffer Brothers, but they are also working on a play set in the world with Stephen Daldry and Sonia Friedman on board. The Duffer Brothers are also developing projects outside of Stranger Things for Netflix which includes a new Death Note series, an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Talisman, and an original series from creators Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews. Here’s what the Duffers said in a statement about Hilary Leavitt, who will run the company:

“It didn’t take long into our first meeting with Hilary, where we bonded over films like Jaws, Home Alone, and Speed, to know we had found a kindred spirit. Hilary’s passion for storytelling is perhaps matched only by her passion for the storytellers themselves, for whom she is fiercely protective. No wonder so many writers and directors are drawn to working with her. She is a rare talent indeed, and we feel extremely grateful to have her at our side as we build Upside Down Pictures.”

Hilary Leavitt also expressed her excitement in building the new production banner with the Duffers:

“I remember the first movie I saw in the theater, the first VHS tape I got for Christmas, the first international one-sheet I bid for on ebay because it was cooler than the domestic. And the first time I met Matt and Ross. All of these seminal moments have led to this ridiculously cool opportunity to build a company with the Duffer Brothers where we produce movies and television because we love movies and television. This love is at the core of Upside Down Pictures, where we’re able to collaborate with other artists on projects across the full spectrum of genre. We all love what we do and are excited to do more and more.”

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos also released a statement about the formation of Upside Down Pictures:

“Matt and Ross are an exceptionally unique talent with a vision so crisp and clear. They are all about the details —  it’s no accident that Stranger Things has pierced the zeitgeist to become the epic pop culture phenomenon it is today. We’re excited to continue telling new stories with them as they grow Upside Down Pictures and to welcome Hilary as creative partner.”

Here is the synopsis for the fourth season of Stranger Things:

“It’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time – and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier. In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.”

Created by the Duffer Brothers, the Netflix series stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, Cara Buono, Brett Gelman, Jamie Campbell Bower, Eduardo Franco, and Joseph Quinn.

Vol. 2 of the fourth season of Netflix’s blockbuster is now streaming. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the series and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.