Netflix has plans to expand the Stranger Things universe beyond its fifth-season conclusion. As reported by Deadline, the streamer’s mega-hit, unarguably its most popular, will receive the animated treatment. Eric Robles will develop the untitled Stranger Things animated show alongside Flying Bark Productions. 

So far, we don’t have a premise for the series, but The Duffer Brothers — Matt and Ross Duffer — released a statement expressing their excitement and providing context. The Stranger Things creators will executive produce via Upside Down Pictures. Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen also board as executive producers via 21 Laps. 

“We’ve always dreamed of an animated Stranger Things in the vein of the Saturday morning cartoons that we grew up loving, and to see this dream realized has been absolutely thrilling. We couldn’t be more blown away by what Eric Robles and his team have come up with — the scripts and artwork are incredible, and we can’t wait to share more with you! The adventure continues.”

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The nostalgia-infused flagship series premiered on July 15, 2016, on Netflix. What starts as a young boy’s shocking disappearance in a small town in 1980s Indiana morphs into a delightful sci-fi adventure to save him while battling terrifying supernatural forces. 

The series stars Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Noah Schnapp, David Harbour and Winona Ryder

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Upside Down Pictures has several Stranger Things-related properties in development, including a live-action spin-off and a stage production. Additionally, the company plans to develop an adaptation of Death Note and Peter Straub and Stephen King‘s The Talisman

I’m intrigued by the idea of an animated series in the vein of Saturday morning cartoons. I grew up in the ’90s, and I have fond memories of watching cartoons every Saturday morning. Ah, nostalgia. 

What are your thoughts on a Stranger Things animated show? Sound off in the comments below!

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