Stranger Things would not have been the hit it is today had the Duffer Brothers listened to outside pressure. The series is arguably Netflix's crown jewel and it has been since the start. The show premiered in 2016 and quickly became one of the streaming platform's most viewed pieces of original content. Season 3 has been its biggest to date and a fourth season was just officially announced. However, the Duffer Brothers originally struggled to find a home for the nostalgic series since they didn't really have a big resumé in the entertainment industry.
The Duffer Brothers were having trouble pitching Stranger Things and ended up pitching it to networks, which would have more than likely doomed the show for that reason alone. However, since the directing/writing duo were relatively unknown, they were given advice about how the show should "really go." According to a 2016 interview with the Duffers, the networks weren't into the idea of the kids being the main focus of Stranger Things. Apparently, they didn't like that it had children as the focus, but was not a children's show.
The Duffer Brothers recall that they were advised to either make it a children's show or ditch that concept ogether and make Chief Hopper the main star of Stranger Things. It would have been about Hopper "investigating paranormal activity around town," which sounds like a million other ideas on TV today. Looking back, the Duffer Brothers made a wise decision by not bowing down to network pressures to change their vision. Though the show is not exactly for children, it has grown into a pop culture empire, thanks to its young cast, which has started to take over Hollywood.
Luckily, the Duffer Brothers ended up meeting with Shawn Levy, who loved the idea for Stranger Things. Levy purchased the script and then partnered with Netflix to get it made, which was the perfect choice for the Duffers. They made some slight tweaks to the script once the show had been cast, which was also a crucial decision. It's hard to imagine anyone else except who was cast playing those parts and that's because the Duffer Brothers went back to add parts of real-life personalities of the Stranger Things actors into the fictional roles. It's that eye for detail that probably would not have happened had the show ended up on network TV.
Nobody has a magic ball, but it's clear the Duffer Brothers knew they had something special when they were originally pitching Stranger Things. There's a lot of writers and directors who would have instantly made the changes in order to work with a network and that happens on a daily basis. Thankfully, love or hate it, streaming platforms have been pushing the envelope in terms of storytelling on the little and big screen. The original interview with the Duffer Brothers was conducted by Rolling Stone.
Stranger Things is showing the world how Will Byers is practicing social distancing. Even Hawkins is staying indoors these days. Production halted on the highly anticipated season 4 of the hit Netflix series a few weeks ago and it looks like we're going to have to wait a little longer to see it. Chief Hopper star David Harbour says that they originally wanted to have the show ready for early 2021, but that probably won't happen now.
9am: play on the stairs 12pm: call the homies3pm: see if my head fits thru the railing it does6pm: cookie dinner pic.twitter.com/lkGwhPbv20
— Stranger Things @Stranger_Things March 26, 2020
The Stranger Things social media accounts continue to entertain fans online. Everybody could use a few laughs these days and today, we now have an example of what a typical day for Will Byers consists of. Here's what Will does: '9am: play on the stairs, 12pm: call the homies, 3pm: see if my head fits thru the railing it does, and 6pm: cookie dinner.' The social media account posted pictures of each of his activities and they warn to stay away from trying number 3. They don't want people getting their heads stuck through their railings.
While a lot of social media accounts will post something and then leave it alone, the Stranger Things account actually takes time to respond to fans in a humorous way. It's interactive in a time when a lot of fans could use some extra fun as they stay home and try to social distance from each other. While most of Will Byers' activities are questionable, calling 'the homies' is probably the best one and something that a lot of people should be doing more of. Eating cookies for dinner can be fun, but not every night.
Stranger Things season 4 will see the return of Chief Hopper, although we're not exactly sure how that happens at this time. On Valentine's Day, fans were treated to the very first footage of the upcoming season and it featured Hopper in Russia, working on some train tracks. He appears to be enslaved, but that won't last for long. The first footage was a great way to get everybody excited, which has now been ground to a halt with the rest of the entertainment industry.
Since nobody really knows when we'll have to stop social distancing from each other, it's unclear when Stranger Things season 4 will go back into production. For now, Netflix is looking out for the safety of their cast and crew, along with the fans, which is why we get to see how Will Byers spends his day at home. Regardless, we should find out in the next few weeks when everything is able to start production again, we're just going to have to be a bit more patient than normal. You can check out Will Byers practicing his social distancing above, thanks to the official Stranger Things Twitter account.