For over six months now, we've remained dedicated to the writing team over at Netflix's Stranger Things 4 and their weekly tradition of "Video Store Fridays" (VSF). Here's how it worked: every week, the writers would post five films that were on their minds that week (while we included the trailers in our articles to make your "homework" a little easier). Now, we've come to the end of an era: the last "Video Store Fridays," and with it comes a look at the official VSF whiteboard. In the image and following tweet below, you'll find a listing of the films that will help make up the overall DNA of the upcoming season. Something to keep in mind: films were crossed out if they were posted in more than one VSF, it's not a reflection one way or another on the film itself.
This is it — our last Video Store Friday! Every time we discussed a movie, we wrote it on a whiteboard. So here it is — the Video Store whiteboard in its full glory. That means that — yes — on this board, you will discover the DNA that makes up season 4! Enjoy, and stay safe! pic.twitter.com/T7hG1AR3s4
— stranger writers (@strangerwriters) April 24, 2020
Early last month and before the industry-wide production pauses began, the cast of Stranger Things took us inside the show's fourth season "secret" table read. We couldn't help but smile at what looked more like a family reunion or a return to summer camp (if there with Demogorgons in the woods, that is). Previously, Noah Schnapp aka Will Byers revealed that he had gotten his hands on the first four scripts when asked about starting production on the fourth season (which explains his good vibes heading into the table read): "I look forward to this so much. It's my favorite thing in the world, and I love working with these people. It's like a family. I read the first four scripts, and they are amazing. I can't wait to see where they go with the rest of the season."
To celebrate "Stranger Things Day 2019", the writers revealed the title of the first episode of the fourth season (written by the series' creators) that appears to be a friendly nod to 80's X-Men comics. Confirmation of the series' return came more than three months after the show's third season debut, with the Duffer Bros. signing an overall multi-year deal with the streamer. The show's creators are excited about the "many more stories" they have to tell: "We are absolutely thrilled to continue our relationship with Netflix. Back in early 2015, Ted Sarandos, Cindy Holland, Brian Wright, and Matt Thunell took a huge chance on us and our show — and forever changed our lives. From that first pitch meeting to the release of Stranger Things 3, the entire Netflix team has been nothing short of sensational, providing us with the kind of support, guidance, and creative freedom we always dreamed about. We can't wait to tell many more stories together — beginning, of course, with a return trip to the Upside Down!"