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Emails Show Duffer Brothers Did NOT Rip Off Stranger Things!

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The Duffer Brothers have receipts!

TMZ has obtained emails from the Stranger Things co-creators showing they were developing a "Montauk" series as far back as November, 2010 — over three years before Charlie Kessler claims he pitched them a series based on his short film called Montauk.

As we've been reporting, the Matt and Ross Duffer are being sued by Kessler, who says he had a meeting with the brothers in 2014 and pitched a series involving government conspiracies and the paranormal — and was shocked when the Netflix series debuted two years later, seemingly ripping off his idea and story.

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Now, emails dating back to late 2010 have surfaced, revealing just how long the brothers had set out their vision of a "real," "paranormal" "gritty eighties" show. One of the emails specifically states the show was set in Montauk, with a reference to "the Montauk experiments."

But that's not all. A Google document dated October 4, 2013 gave a clearer vision of the premise for what would become ST. It states:

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Casting Call For Stranger Things (AKA Montauk) Seemingly Supports Claims That Duffer Brothers Abducted The Show!

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Did Barb just blow Netflix's cover?

While the jury's still out on whether the Duffer Brothers ripped off Stranger Things from a short film Montauk, does a casting call obtained by TMZ seem to prove the sci-fi hit at least stole the film's title during the development stage?

The casting call for the role of "Barbara" reveals the Netflix series was being developed under the name Montauk — the same title as Charlie Kessler's 2012 found-footage short about top secret government experiments in Long Island.

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According to the suit, Kessler claims he met and pitched his film and related feature film script titled The Montauk Project to Matt and Ross Duffer at a Tribeca Film Festival premiere party in April 2014.

The timing of the casting call is enough to raise eyebrows. Though the Duffers didn't strike a deal with Kessler for his project about secret government projects, the paranormal, and a cop haunted by his past, they were clearly casting in August 2015 for a series called Montauk — a show also about all those things.

The casting call states:

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Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers Accused Of Verbally Abusing Women On Set — Read Their Response!

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UPDATE 3/13 8:11 P.M.: Following the accusation, Lori Grabowski, a script supervisor for the series, also took to Instagram to reveal she had been on the receiving end of the alleged abuse.

In her post, she says, "I am one of those women Peyton referenced. It was very real not only to me, but other women on the set that also want to share their story. Peyton Brown witnessed not only my experience, but the similar experiences of others. I don't know Ms. Brown very well, but what I do know is there is absolutely nothing false about her statement. Myself and other women who are willing to share their stories of our experiences on the set of Stranger Things, are living proof. I was the Script Supervisor of the show for nearly 2 full seasons. I just could not stand by and let Peyton be called a liar, because what she said is unfortunately, very true."

Netflix, meanwhile, found "no wrongdoing" in their investigation on the matter, and The Duffer Brothers released a statement, saying: "We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set. Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize. However, we think it is important not to mischaracterize our set, where we believe strongly in treating everyone fairly regardless of gender, orientation, race, religion, or anything else. We remain totally committed to providing a safe and collaborative working environment for everyone on our productions."



Eleven would NOT approve!

On International Women's Day on Thursday, Instagram user @peytonnbrown — who claims to be a crew member on Stranger Things — says she will not return for the show's third season because she "personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women."

Related: Stranger Things' David Harbour Subtly Shades Jared Leto!

According to IMDb, "H. Peyton Brown" worked as a grip for the Netflix program in 2017.

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Netflix Totally Lied To Us About Stranger Things Getting Renewed Last Month!

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Well this is just strange…

Netflix had a surprise hit on its hands when Stranger Things immediately became one of its Top 3 most watched original shows following its July premiere.

As such, the nostalgia-driven Internet was overjoyed when The Duffer Brothers' sci-fi series was officially picked up for a second season a little over a month ago!

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Except it didn't just get renewed…

Apparently, Season Two was already given the greenlight before Season One even premiered!

Matt and Ross Duffer sat down with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday to discuss the strangest fan theories surrounding Eleven, Will, Barb, and the rest of the gang… but accidentally ended up spilling Netflix's big secret, saying:

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Alexander Skarsgard’s Bomb Shelter Murder Mystery!

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Alexander Skarsgard - the most sinisterly seductive vampire we know - has been cast in an upcoming conceptual, “elevated” thriller about a family shacked up in a bomb shelter after a mysterious “outbreak” ravages the human race.

Hmm, sounds sexy scary!!!

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