The highlight of summer 2016 hasn’t been any blockbuster movie, at least so far. Nope, it’s the pleasant surprise that is the new Netflix series Stranger Things, which dropped its eight-episode first season on July 15. The horror/mystery series and Amblin throwback, which stars Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine, and is set in 1983, is the story of what happens in a small Indiana town when a little boy suddenly goes missing. This mystery eventually leads into an even larger, far more bizarre one.
Now the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, along with producer Shawn Levy, have revealed there are in fact plans not only for a second season, but several seasons. Although the show hasn’t officially been renewed by Netflix yet, with the outpouring of love and great reviews the series got with season one, it seems like a no-brainer. Series co-creator Matt Duffer recently talked to IGN about a potential continuation, saying, “If we do get to go back, it’s not a second season as much as a sequel”, which seemed to suggest that not all of the main cast would return, as was often common with horror sequels in the ’80s.
However, executive producer Shawn Levy has gone into a bit more detail about the potential future of the series, and confirms that most of the cast would indeed return, should they get the greenlight from Netflix. In an interview with /Film, Levy said the following: “We definitely are hopeful to go several more seasons. And the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season. So I’ll just say that a lot of the big mysteries get answered at the end of Season 1, but we are very much kind of unearthing new problems and questions that merit future stories and future investigation in the most enjoyable way.”
This is great news, as the cast of the show is such a part of the reason it’s so successful. Winona Ryder reminds everyone of her acting chops after far too long away from a prominent role in TV or movies. Plus, the kids (who are the real stars) are great, and have these amazing faces—the kind that stopped appearing in genre movies around the time Scream hit big, when suddenly everyone had to look like Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue models.
Stranger Things is as if Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter, and David Cronenberg got together back in the day and decided to make a TV show. And if you grew up in the ’80s, or just love movies from that era, Stranger Things will have you hooked, and you’ll likely binge watch thew whole thing over one weekend.
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