Netflix has renewed their breakout original series Stranger Things for a second season, the streaming service announced on Wednesday. Nine episodes have been ordered for season two, which is set in 1984 and will premiere globally in 2017.
The second season pick-up had been expected for some time, especially given the strong buzz and critical acclaim the show has received since its July premiere. There were even rumours that the Duffer brothers were already working on new scripts, though at the recent TCA Summer Press Tour Netflix topper Ted Sarandos hedged his bets, stating: “We always want to take some time to be thoughtful about the [renewal] process”.
Stranger Things chronicles the search for a young boy who vanishes into thin air under highly suspicious circumstances. His mother opens an investigation into the boy’s disappearance with local authorities that unravels a series of mysteries involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. The cast includes Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine, David Harbour, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer, and Millie Brown.
Described as “a love letter to the ubiquitous cult classics of the 80’s”, the drama series was created by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer and is being produced in-house by Netflix Originals. In addition to creating the series and penning the scripts, The Duffer Brothers will also direct and serve as executive producers alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. Beyond stating that the new season will be set in 1984, Netflix has not revealed any plot details for season two, which will again be penned by the Duffer brothers.