Recently, a filmmaker Charlie Kessler sued the Duffer Brothers stating that they allegedly stole the plot of the Netflix show from his short film 'Montauk'. It premiered at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival. The short film director claims that he pitched this idea to the brothers at a Tribeca Film Festival party in April 2014. According to him, he even presented “the script, ideas, story and film” which was used by the duo for their creation of 'Stranger Things'. The creators of 'Stranger Things' however denied any of these claims. They responded to the lawsuit for plagiarism as 'completely meritless', as said by Alex Kohner, the attorney of Duffer Brothers. He even added that kessler, “had no connection to the creation or development of ‘Stranger Things'. The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler’s short film nor discussed any project with him. This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work." As visible in the Kessler's work, there exist a “missing boy," "a nearby military base conducting experiments on children" and "a monster from another dimension that looks like a toy" in the story. Deadline reveals that when 'Stranger Things' was accepted for the series on Netflix, it was named Montauk. It even had a description that said, “Described as a love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, the series is set in 1980 Montauk, Long Island, 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.” The work of both the artists revolved around the 1992 book by Preston Nichols titled 'The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time'. This even led to the creation of many theories and conspiracies about 'secret government tests and experiments' being conducted in Montauk, Long Island.