We haven’t heard anything from Netflix about renewing Stranger Things since the third season hit the streaming service back in July and given that everything seemed to wrap up seamlessly in the finale, some were beginning to speculate that our time in the Upside Down had come to an end. However, you might not want to pack away your proton packs just yet.
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has officially renewed their hit show for a fourth season. Additionally, the streaming juggernaut signed the Stranger Things creators, Matt and Ross Duffer (better known as the Duffer Brothers), to a multi-year film and TV deal that sources tell the outlet is worth nine figures. No release date for Stranger Things 4 has not yet been determined.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos commented on the announcement:
“The Duffer Brothers have captivated viewers around the world with Stranger Things and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with them to bring their vivid imaginations to other film and series projects our members will love. We can’t wait to see what the Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of the Upside Down.”
In response, the Duffers put out a joint statement:
“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!”
The renewal makes sense, too. Stranger Things has been a massive success for Netflix, on all fronts. Though the company typically doesn’t release viewer data, it announced July 8 that some 40.7 million household accounts had streamed at least part of the show’s third season since its initial launch on July 4 — “more than any other film or series” in its first four days. On the awards circuit, Stranger Things has garnered 18 Emmy nominations with five wins. Then there are the millions and millions earned of merchandising, comics and other products.
All this points to even more Stranger Things down the road. How much exactly is unknown, though it’s worth mentioning (again) that the Duffers themselves have suggested the show could run anywhere between four to six seasons.
What do you think about another round of Stranger Things? Are you down for more 80’s nostalgia adventure? Or do you think the show has run its course? I’d love to hear from you, so sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts!