Let's start by tearing off the band-aid fast: Netflix and The Duffer Bros' (Matt and Ross Duffer) Stranger Things 4 is the latest show to shutter production over the growing coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the streaming service is grounding all scripted television and films productions in the U.S. and Canada for at least the next two weeks, beginning Monday, March 16.
Which means these weekly "Video Store Fridays" (VSF) selections are going to prove even more important than ever. You know how it goes: five movies that were on the minds of the show's writers that week – and now also some cool selections to pass the "social distancing" time.
This week, it's all about sequels with… VSF: The Sequel!
Following the reveal, we've included the trailers to make your "research" a little easier – at no extra charge (and you can catch up on the previous selections here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here)
what's better than Video Store Friday?
VSF: the sequel.
– Babe: Pig in the City
– The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
– Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
– Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
– Terminator 2: Judgement Day
— stranger writers 🌻 (@strangerwriters) March 13, 2020
Now let's venture back to a simpler time (ten days ago), when the cast of Stranger Things took us inside the show's fourth season "secret" table read. We can't help but smile at what looks more like a family reunion or a return to summer camp… if there with Demogorgons in the woods, that is:
Last month, Noah Schnapp aka Will Byers revealed that he had gotten his eyeballs on the first four scripts when asked about starting production on the fourth season:
"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 mark to occasion of "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:
looking for new members… are you in? pic.twitter.com/P1xAWNUPss
— stranger writers (@strangerwriters) November 7, 2019
Confirmation of the series' return came more than three months after the show's third season debut, and with the Duffer Bros. signing an overall multi-year television/film deal with the streamer:
"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!"
– Matt and Ross Duffer