Filmer Kessler filed a lawsuit against the Duffer brothers last April, accusing them of stealing the popular Netflix show – a secret government operation near an abandoned military base – from his 2011 film Montauk , In the lawsuit, Kessler claims he met the Duffler brothers at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and suggested the idea for a Montauk-inspired sci-fi series. The brothers Duffer denied that Kessler had any connection to the establishment or development of Stranger Things .
The working title for Strange Things was The Montauk Project which probably will not help the Duffer Brothers. The Montauk Air Force's Air Force base in Long Island, NY, set up various conspiracy theories in the 1
US government conspiracy theories that conduct secret experiments are classic aids to science fiction, as seen from Roswell to 1984 The Philadelphia Experiment and this year's Us occupied. The Duffer brothers have argued that they have long been interested in such conspiracies and that their idea for Strange Things arose prior to their meeting with Kessler. But the judge is not convinced: "There is little independent evidence to prove the originality of their idea."
Netflix has given its full support to the creators of Stranger Things . "The Duffer Brothers have our full support, and this case has no merits, and we look forward to being confirmed by a full hearing in court," a Netflix spokesperson wrote in an email to Engadget.