The Duffer Brothers’ Company To Work on Netflix’s Live-Action Death Note Series, Stranger Things Spin-off, Stephen King Series

Stranger Things. Courtesy of Netflix

With the popularity of Stranger Things on Netflix, it’s no surprise to see the Duffer Brothers reaping many of their rewards. Today, the brothers have announced Upside Down Pictures, their new production company for film and television projects, which is part of the whole deal with Netflix.

Hilary Leavitt (Orphan Black, Ozark) will be running the company.

The Duffer Brothers said that Upside Down Pictures will “aim to create the kind of stories that inspired the Duffers growing up – stories that take place at that beautiful crossroads where the ordinary meets the extraordinary, where big spectacle co-exists with intimate character work, where heart wins out over cynicism.”

With the Netflix deal and the new production company, here’s a list of upcoming projects from the Duffer Brothers and Netflix:

  • An all-new live-action television adaptation of the renowned Japanese manga and anime series Death Note
  • An original series from creators Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance)
  • A series adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub‘s The Talisman alongside Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Paramount Television to be created by Curtis Gwinn
  • A new stage play set within 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. 21 Laps serves as Associate Producer.
  • A live-action Stranger Things spin-off series based on an original idea by The Duffer Brothers, with Upside Down and 21 Laps producing.

Netflix recently released Part 2 of Stranger Things 4, and the new season is #1 on Netflix’s Most Popular English TV list of all time. It has surpassed 1.15 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days. It’s the second show to cross the billion-hour viewing mark.

Here are some of the records:

  • It was the biggest premiere weekend ever for an English-language TV show on Netflix with 286.79 Million hours viewed.
  • It hit #1 on the Top 10 lists in 91 countries, a first for an English TV series
  • It became the most viewed season of English-language TV in a single week on Netflix with a staggering 335.01M hours viewed.
  • It entered the Most Popular list at #3 with 621.80M hours viewed just 10 days after its premiere, setting yet another record as the fastest English-language series to break into the Most Popular list.

Matt and Ross Duffer: “It didn’t take long into our first meeting with Hilary, where we bonded over films like Jaws, Home Alone, and Speed, to know we had found a kindred spirit. Hilary’s passion for storytelling is perhaps matched only by her passion for the storytellers themselves, for whom she is fiercely protective. No wonder so many writers and directors are drawn to working with her. She is a rare talent indeed, and we feel extremely grateful to have her at our side as we build Upside Down Pictures”

Ted Sarandos Quote: “Matt and Ross are an exceptionally unique talent with a vision so crisp and clear. They are all about the details — it’s no accident that Stranger Things has pierced the zeitgeist to become the epic pop culture phenomenon it is today. We’re excited to continue telling new stories with them as they grow Upside Down Pictures and to welcome Hilary as creative partner.”

Hilary Leavitt Quote: “I remember the first movie I saw in the theater, the first VHS tape I got for Christmas, the first international one-sheet I bid for on ebay because it was cooler than the domestic. And the first time I met Matt and Ross. All of these seminal moments have led to this ridiculously cool opportunity to build a company with the Duffer Brothers where we produce movies and television because we love movies and television. This love is at the core of Upside Down Pictures, where we’re able to collaborate with other artists on projects across the full spectrum of genre. We all love what we do and are excited to do more and more.”

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