Though they’ve numerous original series every year, no Netflix show has captured the 2016 zeitgeist like “Stranger Things,” the 80s homage meets sci-fi meets coming of age drama that came out of nowhere and has become one of their biggest hits.
With the second season greenlit, the show’s producer Shawn Levy recently sat down with Southern California Public Radio (via Collider) to talk about its success and the impending production of another season which he, the Duffer Brothers, and the cast are are taking as a serious challenge now that the surprise element has gone:
“Yes, the pressure is on. It would be so blatantly disingenuous of me to say differently. It’s scary to have people love something this much. It becomes impossible to banish all thoughts of not wanting to disappoint. This has been the challenge of it: on the one hand as we’ve see in the movie world, to do a follow-up that feels like the same thing is disappointing to an audience; to abandon things or change things [from the original], that disappoints the audience. A lot of Season 2 is next-level, some crazy stuff, but we must service these characters who are now beloved, who are known to the audience.”
The young cast will be at least a year older in the new season with the Duffer Brothers ready to tackle that challenge which will potentially see the kids growing with the show:
“We had dinner with the kids. We could see it right in front of us. They are not the same. They are still, thank God, charming and authentic, but it is a different form of those things. I think we’re going to stay honest with these kids by growing with them.”
The next season of “Stranger Things” will air sometime next year on the streaming service.