Lawsuit claims 'Stranger Things' creators stole show ideas

Matt and Ross Duffer at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on Feb. 12, 2018. (FayesVision/WENN.com)

"Stranger Things" creators Matt and Ross Duffer have been sued by a filmmaker who has accused them of stealing his ideas to create the hit show.

Charlie Kessler claims the premise for the cult Netflix show came from the short film, "Montauk," which he produced in 2012. The movie, which centered upon secret government experiments, won an award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

According to TMZ, Kessler was keen to turn the short into a TV series and pitched it to Matt and Ross, who are known as The Duffer Brothers professionally, in 2014. However, they were not keen on his idea and did not move forward with the project.

Kessler alleges his ideas, script, and plot were used to create the first season of "Stranger Things" in 2016.

He is suing for unspecified damages and is requesting show creators destroy his materials they allegedly used to develop the series.

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