The creators of Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things, Matt and Ross Duffer — aka The Duffer Brothers — got their start in television with the M. Night Shyamalan produced series Wayward Pines. But now it seems Shyamalan may be the one asking them for a directing job. In a recent chat with DigitalSpy the director admitted he’d like to direct an episode of Stranger Things season 2:
“My boys who do Stranger Things, they did Wayward Pines for me. They were round my house and I was like, ‘Well, you can hire me back guys!’”
Shyamalan has been on somewhat of a comeback with The Visit and his upcoming film, Split, which is getting positive reviews. But the chances he’ll direct an episode are slim as he also has the previously announced reboot of the 90’s series Tales from the Crypt in the works. Couple that with the fact that Stranger Things is currently in production on the third episode of season two and Executive Producer Shawn Levy has already vowed that in an effort to maintain the magic of season one, they would once again keep the directing limited to himself and The Duffer Brothers.
The nine-episode second season (which Netflix is marketing as a straight-up movie sequel Stranger Things 2) picks up a year later in the fall of 1984 and will explore the consequences of Will Byers’ week spent in the Upside Down as well as the interdimensional portal which is still open at the Department of Energy. The characters are said to be struggling with the desire to return to a sense of normalcy and maybe the impossibility of it.
The series has added Sean Astin (The Goonies, Lord of the Rings), Paul Reiser (Aliens, Mad About You), Linnea Berthelsen, Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers), broadway star Sadie Sink, and Brett Gelman (Jobs). The new characters have been teased as compelling but Levy has promised they will first and foremost in service to the core group of characters introduced in season one.
Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb Mclaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp.
Season two hits Netflix sometime in 2017.