Did you know that “Stranger Things” was not the original title of the famous Netflix series? Discover 10 secrets around the cult program!
And if Stranger Things was called… Montauk? It was indeed the original title of the Duffer brothers, in reference to the “Montauk project”, the name given to an urban legend surrounding the holding of paranormal experiments supposed to have taken place in the early 80s near the village of Montauk, in New York State.
THE SERIES HAS BEEN REFUSED SEVERAL TIMES
It’s hard to imagine that Stranger Things was judged as a project without any potential by American networks and platforms, and yet… Due in particular to their low notoriety, the Duffer brothers faced many refusals, before Stranger Things ultimately be chosen as the Netflix original project.
At the time, the duo also had the idea of making an adaptation of the novel That of Stephen Kingbut were unable to afford the rights to the book (a new version finally saw the light of day in 2017 under the direction ofAndy Muschietti thanks in particular to the success of…Stranger Things!).
The series is full of winks and other references to films of the 80s. Among the main sources of inspiration for Stranger Things, let us mention in particular AND of Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist of Tobe Hooper or The Goonies of Richard Donner. The second season of the series has also paid the luxury of hosting Sean Astinwho played Mikey in The Goonies.
Many emblematic actors of the 80s also appear in the cast of the series, such as for example Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice), Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket) or even Cary Elwes (Princess Bride). The fourth season was no exception with the appearance of Robert Englundwhile the plot of this season 4 has made a strong tribute to his cult film, The Claws of the Night.
906 BOYS AND 307 GIRLS AUDITIONED
To find the perfect actors to portray the children of Stranger Things, nearly 1,000 boys auditioned for the male roles, while more than 300 young girls tried out for the role of Eleven. Sign that does not lie, the actors selected have forged bonds of friendship even before the start of the filming of the first season, which greatly reinforced the chemistry of the group and brought credibility to the series.
ORIGINAL CAST CHOICES
If she appears today as the perfect actress to camp Joyce, Winona Ryder was however not the original choice of the Duffer brothers for the role. The latter had previously targeted Marisa Tomei and Naomi Watts. David Harbor was also not the creators’ first choice to play Hopper, since Ewan McGregor and Sam Rockwell were originally envisioned.
CHARLIZE THERON’S INSPIRATION
To convince Millie Bobby Brown of shaving their heads before filming the first season, the Duffer brothers cited as an example Charlize Theron and his shaved head in Mad Max: Fury Road. Impressed by the appearance of the South African actress, the interpreter of Eleven therefore agreed to cut her hair, a result which will have greatly contributed to her fame following the broadcast of the series on Netflix!
SPOTTED BY STEPHEN KING
Most viewers discovered Millie Bobby Brown through Stranger Things. But Stephen King can, for his part, boast of having been among the first to salute the talent of the young actress. In a tweet dating from September 2014 (nearly two years before the launch of the program on Netflix, in July 2016), the American author had indeed praised the performance of Millie in the fantastic series Intruders.
(“Millie Brown, the young girl from Intruders, is amazing. Is it my imagination, or have child actors gotten even better than they were?”)
FOLLOWING THE IDEAS
Determined to leave nothing to chance, the creators of Stranger Things Ross and Matt Duffer wrote about thirty pages on the universe of The Upside Down, but also on the nature of the creatures of the series, describing their physical specificities but also their personality. A veritable working bible, which served as a compass for them to move the program’s story forward in a thoughtful and coherent way.
THE PUBERTY OF THE ACTORS IS A PROBLEM
Filming with children is not easy. In addition to schedules adapted to their young age, the puberty of the actors also led to production concerns. Especially in the case of Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), whose voice changed so much during the filming of the first season that it was impossible for him to re-record some of his dialogues, as is customary during the post-production stage!