Was the thought to shoot seasons three and four back-to-back of Stranger Things a way to avoid their child actors going through awkward growing pains or an attempt to get a couple of more seasons in before the inevitable renegotiations begin between steaming giant Netflix and its stars?
We may never know the real reason, but according to a new story in The Hollywood Reporter, the powers that be, including show creators Matt and Ross Duffer and executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen — are said to have nixed that idea.
A Netflix source, close to the talks, is quoted in the article as saying:
“Every time you have a show that relies so heavily on the charm of kids, you want to capture that.”
From a creative standpoint avoiding back-to-back shoots seems to make sense as the writers room is small, as is the number of producers. The source also says, that it’s just not physically possible to turn out quality episodes that fast. Right now, the plan is to create stories that feel true to where the actors are age-wise.
But with reportedly $20 billion in debt, one has to wonder if it’s creativity or finances that drove Netflix to consider this. In the same article, sources say Netflix faces a possibility that some, if not all, of the Stranger Things child stars will band together to negotiate deals for upcoming seasons of the show.
The child stars — Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin — reportedly each got $30,000 per episode for the first and second seasons with bonuses if and when the show became a hit. It has.
While the cast is signed for six years, THR says a renegotiation will likely happen early next year according to their agents. It is not known whether breakout star Brown will negotiate as a part of the group or on her own.
With licensing deals, as reported by here, coming into play including everything from Hot Topic to MacFarlane Toys, Netflix stands to make a killing on the popular series. No doubt the child stars will demand their share. And the share will be even higher if like a source says, “the series has any luck at the Emmys.”
Stranger Things 2 will stream on Netflix October 27. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the next season of Stranger Things as we learn it.
‘Stranger Things’: Top 11 Moments Of Season 1
Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things became an instant pop culture phenomenon after its debut last July. The Netflix Original not only pays homage to ’80s pop culture, Stranger Things actually lives up to its predecessors and deserves a place next to them on the shelf. Chances are you, or someone you know is completely obsessed with the show.
Now that we’ve seen the teaser, the wait is going to be even more arduous. To help fill the void as we begin the long wait for Stranger Things season 2, I’ve put together a list of the top 11 moments from the show.
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