Brothers Matt and Ross Duffer have the idea of Stranger Things stolen from a filmmaker. That says Charlie Kessler. That was in 2011 the short film Montauk. Three years later, he came into contact with the brothers Duffer and pitchte he say the concept. According to the filmmaker, the brothers then with his idea to get gone. The working title of Stranger Things was also Montauk and the series would initially take place in the town with that name, before the producers of the series to the fictional town of Hawkins.