Production on the second season of Netflix’s original series “Stranger Things” is underway following its phenomenal breakout success a few months ago.
Along with The Duffer Brothers who created it, a key player behind the scenes of the 80s-centric, sci-fi horror series is Shawn Levy – the “Real Steel” and “Night at the Museum” filmmaker who produced the series and directed a few episodes.
Levy confims to Collider that shooting kicked off on Monday in Atlanta and Levy will direct the third and fourth episode of the second season with the Duffers doing the first two – the same layout utilised in the first season. Levy will prep his episodes around Thanksgiving and will shoot them through December and January.
Asked for when the second season might debut on Netflix, Levy wouldn’t give a timetable though it’s looking like near the first season’s July debut will be the earliest we could expect it:
“That I can’t say. I do have a sense of it. It was promised when we announced that we were picked up for Season 2 and we gave those chapter headings, I believe it ended with ‘Coming in 2017’ and that much is true. You can do a little bit of math, we’re not magicians so there’s no way it launches in Spring since I just admitted we started filming today, and we’re doing nine.”
Levy says the second season will explore the theme of normalcy, especially as it relates to the Byers family:
“Will Byers was in that Upside Down for a while. So Season 2 is about this determined desire to return to normalcy in Hawkins, in the Byers family, in that group of friends, and it’s the struggle to reclaim normalcy and maybe the impossibility of it.”
Levy adds that he and the Duffer Brothers have already begun thinking about plans for a third season to prepare in case it happens:
“We are not gonna be caught off guard and we don’t wanna be making stuff up like the day before we have to write it and make it, so we are definitely optimistic and we have started thinking ahead.”
The first season of “Stranger Things” is now available to stream on Netflix.