Stranger Things’ fifth and final season is in pre-production due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike. The Netflix sensation’s creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, tweeted the information on Saturday, May 6.
“Duffers here,” the brothers wrote. “Writing does not stop when filming begins. While we’re excited to start production with our amazing cast and crew, it is not possible during this strike. We hope a fair deal is reached soon so we can all get back to work. Until then — over and out.”
Duffers here. Writing does not stop when filming begins. While we’re excited to start production with our amazing cast and crew, it is not possible during this strike. We hope a fair deal is reached soon so we can all get back to work. Until then — over and out. #wgastrong
— stranger writers (@strangerwriters) May 6, 2023
Netflix sources informed the Hollywood Reporter that Season 5’s filming would be delayed. Last week, as the strike began, Stranger Things writer Caitlin Schneiderhan tweeted a photo of a picket sign that stated, “Pay us or Steve Harrington [Joe Keery] is toast.”
— Schneiderjamz (@SchneiderJamz) May 4, 2023
On May 2, the WGA went on strike over disagreements with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on wage floors, streaming viewership transparency, small writers’ rooms, artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, and other issues.
Actor David Harbour told Collider in March that filming on Stranger Things Season 5 will start in June before the strike.
The wait for Season 5 won’t be as long as the wait for Season 4, which lasted nearly three years and featured a 13-hour season produced by the cast and crew despite the labor disagreement. The Duffers revealed to Collider in July last year that Season 5 will be shorter.
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“We thought Season 4 was going to be eight [episodes], and they were going to be regular length,” Matt said. “So if you had interviewed us before four, that’s what I would’ve said. I think we’re aiming for eight again. We don’t want it to be 13 hours. We’re aiming for more like 10 hours or something. I think it’s going to be longer than Season 1 because we just have so much to wrap up, but I don’t think it’s going to be as long as Season 4.”