Netflix’s hugely popular Stranger Things is getting a spin-off series and a new stage play set in its spooky supernatural world, the streaming giant said on Wednesday.
The sci-fi horror that follows a group of teenagers in a fictional US town as they battle monsters from another dimension is one of Netflix’s flagship and most-watched shows.
Stranger Things 4 tops the streaming giant’s all-time viewing rankings for English language shows using a metric of total hours watched within 28 days of release.
It’s lasted more than 1.15 billion hours – a number that’s likely to rise as the final episodes were only released on Friday, surpassed only by South Korean hit Squid Game.
Sibling creators Matt and Ross Duffer had previously said that season five would complete the show’s “complete story arc,” but teased fans in an open letter in February that “there’s a lot more exciting to come in the world of Stranger Things.” stories to tell.
On Wednesday, Netflix confirmed a “stranger things live-action spin-off series based on an original idea by The Duffer Brothers.”
A new stage play set in the world and mythology of Stranger Things, produced by prolific and multi-award-winning producers Sonia Friedman, Stephen Daldry (The Crown, Billy Elliot, The Reader) and Netflix. Daldry will also direct.
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A “new play set in world and mythology” by Stranger Things is also in the pipeline, with Stephen Daldry (The Crown) set to direct.
The projects fall under an expansive “overall contract” between the brothers and Netflix, which “aims to create the kind of stories that will make the Duffers grow up – stories that take place at this beautiful crossroads where the ordinary meets the extraordinary.” “.
“Matt and Ross are exceptionally unique talents with such sharp and clear vision,” said Netflix head of content Ted Sarandos.
“They’re all about the details – it’s no coincidence that Stranger Things pierced the zeitgeist to become the epic pop culture phenomenon it is today.”
The news comes as Netflix is facing unusual pressure after losing subscribers earlier this year after years of uninterrupted growth and its stock price plummeting.