That Netflix renewed their hit series Stranger Things for season four comes as no surprise. Especially as series creators the Duffer Brothers sign a large deal with Netflix believed to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Reviews for the latest season of Stranger Things were mostly glowing, despite some troubling character moments for David Harbour’s fan-favorite character Jim Hopper. Matt and Ross Duffer’s 1980s homage series resonates with both people who fondly remember that era, and those who merely wish they remembered it. In fact, season three of the show fondly remembered Mall culture, apropos as the age of the retail mall seems to be in its sunset years.
Obviously, the Duffer Brothers aren’t the only ones to sign an exclusive deal with Netflix. The likes of Patty Jenkins and Game of Thrones writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss also signed deals for nine figures. As one of the streaming wars original contenders, Netflix must rely on captivating original content to stay in the game. Unlike Warner Bros., Apple, or Disney, Netflix doesn’t have any other revenue stream to fall back on should the marketplace grow too crowded. Still, with Stranger Things renewed for season four and new projects coming as part of the Duffer Brothers’ Netflix deal, this is a good day for the streaming giant.
Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos celebrated the deal, saying via Deadline:
“The Duffer Brothers have captivated viewers around the world with Stranger Things and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with them to bring their vivid imaginations to other film and series projects our members will love…. We can’t wait to see what The Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of The Upside Down.”
The Duffer Brothers shared their own statement about the Netflix deal:
“We are absolutely thrilled to continue our relationship with Netflix…. Ted Sarandos, Cindy Holland, Brian Wright and Matt Thunell took a huge chance on us and our show — and forever changed our lives. From our first pitch meeting to the release of Stranger Things 3, the entire team at Netflix has been nothing short of sensational, providing us with the kind of support, guidance, and creative freedom we always dreamed about. We can’t wait to tell many more stories together — beginning, of course, with a return trip to Hawkins!”
Stranger Things Season Four Will Go Global
After visiting the mall for most of season three, Stranger Things season four may take a more international point of view. We’ve seen small-town America through the Duffer Brothers’ 1980s lens, but now we’ll see the rest of the world. The last season saw Hawkins invaded by the Russians who have an interest in the upside-down. The post-credits sting for season three also shows how the series might go international. Many feared Stranger Things might not be renewed for season four, leaving that tease and Hopper’s ultimate fate up-in-the-air forever. While they’ve likely not even started writing the next season yet, the Duffer Brothers did release the above teaser. “We’re not in Hawkins anymore,” it says. This is both a play on the classic line from Wizard of Oz and also a not-so-subtle suggestion that the show will broaden its locations in the future. A mix of familiarity and brand-new elements are why people love Stranger Things.
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