Here we go again: Matt and Ross Duffer–creators of the popular Netflix horror series Stranger Things–are being sued for the second time.
The Duffer Brothers dealt with a lawsuit last year (which was subsequently dropped) that claimed they swiped the storyline for their series, and now this new legal hassle reportedly says Jeffrey Kennedy alleges the show was influenced by his Totem script, as reported by comicbook.com.
The suit–according to reports–alleges that themes, characters and dialogue from Stranger Things were taken from Kennedy’s script. What may lend some weight to this claim is that Aaron Sims rendered some concept art for Stranger Things after he worked on the Totem project.
According to allegations from the lawsuit, Kennedy’s Totem script drew from epilepsy episodes suffered by his childhood friend, episodes that were characterized as his “personal demon” that brought him to another dimension. During the first season of Stranger Things, the character of Will Byers is taken to Upside Down, and the next season finds him dealing with visions of that dimension and its monsters.
The lawsuit adds that one of the characters in Totem is a little girl called Kimimela–Kimi for short–who displays supernatural powers and helps her friends find a portal to an alternate dimension where they battle “a dark spirit named Azrael and his army of Blackwolf.”
The suit goes on to point out that Stranger Things features a character named Eleven–El for short–who also has supernatural powers and uses them to help her friends find a portal to another dimension where they fight “a Shadow Monster and his army of Demogorgon.”
Firing back, Netflix said Kennedy “has been peddling these far-fetched conspiracy theories for years, even though Netflix has repeatedly explained to him that the Duffer Brothers had never heard of him or his unpublished script until he began threatening to sue them.”
The streamer continued, saying that “after we refused to give in to his demands for a payoff, he filed this baseless lawsuit. The truth is the show was independently conceived by the Duffer Brothers and is the result of their creativity and hard work.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on this latest lawsuit involving Stranger Things.