For anyone who missed the news, Netflix has made the unsurprising announcement that Stranger Things season four is officially a go.
The announcement was made with the release of a brief video, which can be found below. In addition to confirming season four, Netflix has also announced that they’ve signed Stranger Things creators and showrunners Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer to a new multi-year overall deal which will include both series and films.
Netflix also released this press release for the season four announcement:
Netflix has renewed the worldwide hit series Stranger Things for a fourth season and signed series creators and showrunners The Duffer Brothers to a multi-year film and series overall deal.
“The Duffer Brothers have captivated viewers around the world with Stranger Things and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with them to bring their vivid imaginations to other film and series projects our members will love,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “We can’t wait to see what The Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of The Upside Down.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to continue our relationship with Netflix. Ted Sarandos, Cindy Holland, Brian Wright, and Matt Thunell took a huge chance on us and our show — and forever changed our lives. From our first pitch meeting to the release of Stranger Things 3, the entire team at Netflix has been nothing short of sensational, providing us with the kind of support, guidance, and creative freedom we always dreamed about. We can’t wait to tell many more stories together — beginning, of course, with a return trip to Hawkins!”
About The Series:
Stranger Things is a Netflix Original Series created by The Duffer Brothers and produced by Monkey Massacre Productions & 21 Laps Entertainment. The Duffer Brothers serve as executive producers on the series alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps Entertainment and Iain Paterson.
About The Duffer Brothers:
The twin brothers were raised in Durham, North Carolina and began making films in the third grade using the Hi8 camcorder they received as a gift from their parents. They went on to attend Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, graduating in 2007 with degrees in film production.
After graduating, the Duffer Brothers wrote and directed several short films, attracting the attention of both Warner Bros., which acquired their script for the post-apocalyptic horror film Hidden, and filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, who hired them as writers for multiple episodes of the Fox series Wayward Pines.
Building on their growing success, the Duffer Brothers pitched their idea for Stranger Things, an homage to 1980s genre films. The series was picked up by Netflix and premiered in the summer of 2016 to critical-acclaim and went on to become a global phenomenon, with Matt and Ross at the helm as writers, directors and showrunners.
Stranger Things has garnered over 50 awards nominations, including those from the Emmys, the Golden Globes, the Grammys, SAG, DGA, WGA, BAFTA, the Art Directors Guild and the People’s Choice Awards, among many others.
While the news isn’t surprising, one thing that is interesting is that there’s no mention of whether or not this will be the show’s final season or not.
Back in 2017 the Duffer brothers revealed that season three was on the way before Netflix had confirmed it, and that a season four was possible. At the time, they were even quoted saying “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out.” The reason they were planning on only four seasons? It wouldn’t make sense for these awful things to keep happening to these characters, that they were “going to have to get the fuck out of this town” eventually.
But obviously when you have a hit show like this, one of the hardest decisions to make is when to end it. Do you go out early and on top, or try to ride the wave as long as possible?
For a show like Stranger Things, fans would no doubt be thrilled to get at least a couple of more seasons so long as there are stories in that world worth telling.