Stranger Things executive producer and director Shawn Levy has teased that the Demogorgon featured in season one looks rather quaint in comparison to the evil threats that will plague the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana when the adventure continues this Halloween.
In a recent chat with Gold Derby, Levy offered some fascinating insight into his role as producer on the Netflix series as he explained how it is his job to help protect The Duffer Brother’s vision as they bring it to fruition.
“My job was to take what their instincts are and to make it happen. They wanted those composers, got them approved. They wanted the Millennium Falcon, I went to the upper levels of Lucasfilm and I got that approved. They wanted Ghostbusters as costumes this year — I called Ivan Reitman. Whatever it takes, that’s my job.”
While directing in season one was limited to himself and both Matt and Ross Duffer, Levy opened up about the new directors who have come on board for the second season of the smash hit:
“That’s been the difference this year. Last year we were very, very protective. In our first meeting with Netflix they were like ‘so what kinds of directors are you going to get for the show?’ and I was like ‘it’s going to be the brothers or me. That’s it. No one from the outside.’ I think it’s why season one has a real consistency to the tone, and to the look, and to the vision. This year, we’ve had two other directors come in and do episodes: Andrew Stanton and Rebecca Thomas, and those episodes are turning out great.”
While Levy seems more than satisfied with the work turned in by Stanton and Thomas, he went on to admit that himself and the Duffer’s are still most comfortable when they themselves are in the director’s chair:
“I would be lying if I said we aren’t still most comfortable when it’s either them on set or me on set. So I’m sure we’ll keep using other directors in future seasons — which I don’t want to take for granted, we’re hopeful there’s future seasons, it seems likely. But we’re going to direct as many of them as we can until we can longer sustain that pace.”
Levy was also asked about diversity and whether or not the series would see an increase in diversity in the upcoming season:
“I think you’ll see more and more certainly in the movies that we are producing at 21 Laps and even in season two of Stranger Things — an increased diversity, not because anyone is telling us it needs to happen but because that is the world we live in, that is the mindset we try and kind of relate to others and the world around us with, so more and more I think you’re going to see that reflected in the content.”
To wrap up the chat, Levy reiterated his previous statement regarding a Will-centric season two and he teased the evil challenges the characters face this year:
“Will Byers is very much at the center of several intersecting challenges, threats in season two and I think overall the forces of evil that are inherent in season two make that Demogorgon look quaint in retrospect.”
Stranger Things 2 stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp. The series has also added Sean Astin (The Goonies), Paul Reiser (Aliens), Brett Gelman (Jobs), Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers), Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen, and broadway star Sadie Sink into the mix as well.
Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix this Halloween. Production on the second season is expected to complete this week.
Source: Gold Derby