Sci-fi series starring Winona Ryder has become the buzz hit of the summer
The CEO and co-founder of Netflix has all but confirmed that the streaming service wants a second season of Stranger Things.
The sci-fi series starring Winona Ryder has become the buzz hit of the summer since it launched on July 15. Though the final episode does not end on a cliffhanger, it certainly lends itself to further episodes of ’80s-set show.
Asked whether Netflix is now planning to commission a second series, CEO Reed Hastings told The Guardian: “We would be dumb not to.”
Though Netflix never releases viewing figures for any of its original series, Hastings argued that its popularity on leading film and TV database site IMDB is evidence of its widespread success.
“If you look on IMDB the most popular TV show right now [is] Stranger Things, so that’s a reasonable proxy,” he said. “It’s not that there’s no data [relating to viewing figures], just that we don’t give out our data.”
The creators of Stranger Things, twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, recently revealed that the show was rejected between 15 and 20 times by various TV networks before eventually being commissioned by Netflix.
The pair told Rolling Stone that some TV execs didn’t like the idea of having four children as the show’s lead characters when the target audience wasn’t other children.