“Mr. Kessler’s claim is completely meritless," the brothers attorney Alex Kohner wrote in a statement to TheWrap. "He had no connection to the creation or development of Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler’s short film nor discussed any project with him. This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, filmmaker Charlie Kessler is suing the brothers, claiming that he pitched the idea of the show to them at a Tribeca Film Festival party in 2014. His idea centred around a sci-fi TV show that would be set near an abandoned military base.
He created a short film named Montauk, and a feature film script called The Montauk Project that he claims is basically the same storyline to Stranger Things.
“Kessler’s Montauk storyline involved a missing boy, a nearby military base conducting experiments on children and a monster from another dimension that looks like a toy.”
In fact... Montauk was actually the working title for Stranger Things according to Deadline's initial 2015 report on the series.
Chris Kessler is seeking an injunction that will stop the brothers from using the concepts to "destroy all materials based on those concepts, as well as restitution, lost profits and punitive damages."
Read the full lawsuit here.