Stranger Things 5: Duffer Brothers Aiming for 8 Episodes/10 Hours

Following up on the news from Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer from earlier today that the writers' room for Stranger Things 5 would be opening very soon (find out how soon here), the Duffer Brothers are offering some insight into just how big of a season it's going to be. And though it will still be a "meatier" season than the earlier ones, the Netflix series creators aren't looking to go as epic as they did this season. "We thought Season 4 was going to be eight [episodes], and they were going to be regular length. So if you had interviewed us before four, that's what I would've said. I think we're aiming for eight again. We don't want it to be 13 hours. We're aiming for more like 10 hours or something," Matt explained during their interview with Collider. "I think it's going to be longer than Season 1 because we just have so much to wrap up, but I don't think it's going to be as long as Season 4." As Ross says, much of that has to do with them not having to spend as much time building things up when the season begins. "This season, for instance, it was two hours before our characters even realized the monster was killing people in Hawkins," he explained. "They know what the threat is now, and so that will help speed it up."

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STRANGER THINGS. Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

In the following highlights from a recent interview with Variety, the Duffer Bros. not only drop a few more clues about what viewers can expect from the spinoff but also confess to being practitioners of… "George Lucas-ing"?!

So When Are They Starting Work on That "Different" Spinoff?

Ross Duffer: "There's a version of it developing in parallel [to season 5], but they would never shoot it parallel. I think actually we're going to start delving into that soon as we're winding down and finishing these visual effects, Matt and I are going to start getting into it."

Matt Duffer: "The reason we haven't done anything is just because you don't want to be doing it for the wrong reasons, and it was just like, 'Is this something I would want to make regardless of it being related to Stranger Things or not?' And definitely. Even if we took the 'Stranger Things' title off of it, I'm so, so excited about it. But it is not… It's going to be different than what anyone is expecting, including Netflix."

How to Fix the Problem with Will's Birthday? It's Time to "George Lucas" It: So remember that big screw-up back in S04E02 regarding Will's (Noah Schnapp) birthday and no one acknowledging it? Well, it looks like the Duffer Bros. are going to "George Lucas" it (a phrase for when one goes back to make changes/update a long-standing work). During the interview, Matt offered the possibility of changing Will's birthday to May 22 " because 'May' can fit in Winona's [Ryder, Joyce Byers] mouth" as an example of "us 'George Lucas-ing' the situation." Matt continued, "It's [Will's birthday mishap] too sad! And it doesn't make any narrative sense. But we were talking about it yesterday, and I think we're going to 'George Lucas' that."

But This Would Be the First Time They "George Lucas'd," Right? "We have George Lucas'd things also that people don't know about," Matt revealed. And while they didn't offer up any specifics, Ross did have one suggestion for those wanting to do a little investigating: "You do have the physical copies though, the Blu-rays and stuff — you'd have to compare." In fact, they applied the method as recently as Volume 1, with Ross adding, "Some of the visual effects. It's not, like, story, but you're essentially patching in shots. Netflix is — I don't think they've ever allowed people to patch on opening week and even weekend. And we said, 'Well, why not?' And he said, 'Well, it makes us nervous.' And we're like, 'Well, maybe we try it this time.' And it turned out fine."

Netflix's Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Maya Hawke (Robin Buckley), Priah Ferguson (Erica Sinclair), Brett Gelman (Murray), Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler), and Matthew Modine (Dr. Brenner). Now without further delay, we return you to your continued repeated viewings of the official trailer for the fourth season:

It's been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time — and navigating the complexities of high school hasn't made things any easier. In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.

Jamie Campbell Bower (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Sweeney Todd), Eduardo Franco (Booksmart, The Binge), and Joseph Quinn (Catherine the Great, Howards End) joined the cast of Stranger Things as series regulars. Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones), Sherman Augustus (Into the Badlands, Westworld), Mason Dye (Bosch, The Goldbergs), Nikola Djuricko (Genius, In The Land of Blood and Honey), and Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise, V) also joined in recurring roles. In addition, Brett Gelman's Murray Bauman was promoted to series regular. In addition, Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E), Myles Truitt (Black Lightning), Regina Ting Chen (Queen of the South), and Grace Van Dien (The Village) joined the cast.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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