Netflix has – surprise! – renewed Stranger Things for a fourth season. In a move that shocked absolutely no one, the streaming service today confirmed we will be taking another trip to the Upside Down.
The forty-second renewal announcement video ends with the following declaration: “We’re not in Hawkins anymore.”
There’s no word yet on what weekend we’ll have to put down our phones (or at least silence them), pop a massive bag of popcorn, and binge-watch as many episodes of Stranger Things as possible before our eyes revolt and refuse to stay open. We can expect a premiere date announcement along with a confirmation of new and returning cast members at a later date.
Netflix used the renewal announcement to also reveal they’ve signed Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer (collectively referred to as The Duffer Brothers) to a multi-year film and television series deal.
“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,” stated Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “We can’t wait to see what The Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of The Upside Down.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to continue our relationship with Netflix. Ted Sarandos, Cindy Holland, Brian Wright, and Matt Thunell took a huge chance on us and our show — and forever changed our lives. From our first pitch meeting to the release of Stranger Things 3, the entire team at Netflix 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 Hawkins!” – The Duffer Brothers
Stranger Things is produced by Monkey Massacre Productions & 21 Laps Entertainment. The Duffer Brothers executive produce along with Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, and Iain Paterson.
Season three starred Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, and Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson. Cara Buono is Karen Wheeler, Natalia Dyer is Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton is Jonathan Byers, Joe Keery is Steve Harrington, Dacre Montgomery is Billy, and Sadie Sink is Max.
A Look Back at the First Three Seasons, Courtesy of Netflix:
A love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
Stranger Things 2: It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
Stranger Things 3: It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.