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.
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:
18 to play 16 years old, Barbara is Nancy’s gossipy, less put-together, less popular best friend who can sometimes be a 3rd wheel meddling with Steve and Nancy. RECURRING
You have a self tape request for the Netflix series ├óΓé¼╦£Montauk’ starring Winona Ryder and by the creators of ├óΓé¼╦£Wayward Pines’.
First of all, LOL @ Barb’s character description. Second, clearly the Duffers and Netflix weren’t shy about jacking Kessler’s title — though Montauk is a widely known event in history, so there’s also that. This doesn’t prove the ST creators copied Kessler’s full script, of course, but it sure doesn’t look good for them either.
The question is: could the Duffers really have ripped off Kessler more than they already “pulled from” Stephen King and Steven Spielberg?
We’ll find out!
[Image via Netflix.]