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Posted Friday 1/18/19 at 2:14PM EST
Netflix rebooting Unsolved Mysteries with Stranger Things producer
The Robert Stack-hosted true-crime and paranormal franchise that ran for more than 500 episodes between 1987 and 2000 on NBC and CBS is being revived on the streaming service with the help of Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy. Unsolved Mysteries creators John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer have been hoping for a reboot for years, with Cosgrove saying in August 2017: "We are actively talking to a couple of broadcasters who have shown interest, and we’re very optimistic that we’ll have something by way of new episodes by the end of the year. It’s too early to go into much detail, but we’ve had our research producers look into possible stories and they’ve found some excellent ones which can be ready to go quickly.” Cosgrove and Meurer, who have maintained a web presence with new cases, will oversee the reboot, which has been ordered for 12 episodes. The Netflix reboot comes less than a year after Amazon updated old Unsolved Mysteries episodes.
Posted Wednesday 12/12/18 at 1:45PM EST
Netflix adapating I Am Not Okay With This, another book from The End of the F***king World author
Jonathan Entwistle, who turned Charles Forsman's self-published microcomic series The End of the F***king World into a Channel 4/Netflix series, is teaming with Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy on Forsman's book I Am Not Okay With This. According to Deadline, I Am Not Okay With This is "about a teenage girl navigating the trials and tribulations of high school, all the while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and… mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken from deep within her."
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
Stranger Things Season 3 will be partly inspired by John Carpenter
"It’s inspired by many of the classic action films of the 80s but also by horror,” executive producer Shawn Levy said in an interview with Italian new site Bad TV. “There will definitely be the spirit of John Carpenter and other 80s horror directors.”
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
Stranger Things will be part of Universal Studios' "Halloween Horror Nights"
The Duffer Brothers and producer Shawn Levy collaborated to build Stranger Things-themed mazes at Universal Studios in Hollywood, Orlando and Singapore. ALSO: Explaining Montauk, the Long Island town at the center of the Stranger Things lawsuit.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Stranger Things Season 3 will be set in summer of 1985
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
At Paleyfest, executive producer Shawn Levy offered a few details on Season 3, which begins production this month. Among them: "Dad Steve" will have more of a role in the third season and Season 3 will take place one year after Season 2.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 9:15PM EST
Stranger Things is “not going to put Will through hell for a third season in a row"
Source: The A.V. Club
Executive producer Shawn Levy tells Glamour that Noah Schnapp’s Will Byers won’t be unlucky for yet another season, but that he’ll still “be dealing with stuff.” ALSO: Levy says Season 3 will be “dealing with forces of evil that are new.”
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 10:05PM EDT
Stranger Things 2 is impressive for living up to its incredible expectations
The hugely acclaimed Netflix series “had an almost impossible task when it came to following up on a first season that had near-universal acclaim,” says Katharine Trendacosta. “That it’s still engaging, gorgeous looking, and smartly written is a truly impressive feat. The show didn’t hit any reset buttons; it let every character grow and change, and it’s just remarkable. This is a show growing naturally into itself and does everything to make the nine-hour commitment worth it.”
- Season 2 gets darker, but also goes much deeper than Season 1
- Stranger Things 2 is "a suspenseful, thoroughly satisfying follow-up that goes to emotionally deeper places than its predecessor did”
- Season 2 plays “like a lukewarm rehash, with a bit more red meat thrown in to cover up the mustiness”
- Stranger Things is still a good time: “It may be last year’s Halloween candy, repackaged. That doesn’t mean it can’t still be sweet”
- Season 2 “can borrow and remix with all the abandon of the first, but it can never be a surprise”
- It took a while to pick up momentum, but Season 2 ends up as a thrilling ride
- Stranger Things 2 is marginally better and more satisfying than the original
- It’s impressive enough that Season 2 manages to deliver without going off the rails and becoming self-indulgent
- Gaten Matarazzo is indisputably the best part of Stranger Things
- Strangers Things 2 is already a hit: Netflix has perfected the art of using buzz to make its shows seem like must-see TV
- Stranger Things exec producer Shawn Levy: “Cultural feedback from social media is going to be a big part of how we feel if we’ve succeeded”
- Why Stranger Things is at its best when it’s Barb-free
- Noah Schnapp's Will Byers is the MVP of the Netflix series
- Paul Reiser: I was cast because they were calling the character they wrote “Paul Reiser”
- Duffer Brothers on the Season 2’s darkest turn
- Duffer Brothers explain the Season 2 final scene
Posted Friday 9/29/17 at 2:51AM EDT
Stranger Things will likely make it to Season 5, but not Season 6
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Although the Duffer Brothers said last month that they had settled on four seasons for their Netflix series, executive producer Shawn Levy expects it to last five seasons. “Hearts were heard breaking in Netflix headquarters when the Brothers made four seasons sound like an official end, and I was suddenly getting phone calls from our actors’ agents,” Levy tells Entertainment Weekly. “The truth is we’re definitely going four seasons and there’s very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely.”