Netflix’s hugely popular Stranger Things is getting a spin-off series and a new play set in its spooky supernatural world, the streaming giant announced on Wednesday.
The sci-fi horror that follows a group of teenagers in a fictional American town as they battle monsters from another dimension is one of Netflix’s flagship and most-watched shows.
Stranger Things 4 sits atop the streaming giant’s all-time rankings for English-language shows, which uses a metric of total hours watched within 28 days of release.
It has clocked over 1.15 billion hours – a figure likely to rise as the latest episodes only dropped on Friday, and is only surpassed by South Korean hit Squid Game.
Sibling creators Matt and Ross Duffer previously said season five would conclude the show’s “full story arc”, but teased in an open letter to fans in February that there was “a lot more to come.” exciting stories to tell in the world of Stranger Things.
On Wednesday, Netflix confirmed a “Stranger Things live-action spinoff series based on an original idea by The Duffer Brothers.”
A new play set in 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.
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A “new play set in the world and mythology” of Stranger Things is also on the way, with Stephen Daldry (The Crown) set to direct.
The projects fall under a sprawling “overall deal” between the brothers and Netflix that “aims 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”.
“Matt and Ross are an exceptionally unique talent with such sharp and clear vision,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
“They’re all about the details – it’s no coincidence that Stranger Things has broken through the zeitgeist to become the epic pop culture phenomenon it is today.”
The news comes with Netflix facing unknown pressure, having lost subscribers earlier this year after years of uninterrupted growth, and seeing its share price plummet.