‘Stranger Things 5’ Is ‘Major Cinematic Storytelling’ and ‘As Big as Any of the Biggest Movies That We See,’ Says EP Shawn Levy

“Stranger Things 4” pushed television episode lengths to extremes, with two chapters that ran around 90 minutes, and a season finale that was the length of a Hollywood blockbuster at nearly two-and-a-half hours. Anyone thinking the upcoming fifth and final season of the Netflix series will scale things back is mistaken. Speaking to Total Film magazine, “Stranger Things” executive producer and director Shawn Levy said Season 5 will only expand the scale of the already-humungous Season 4.

“There’s no way to be contiguous with Season 4, and not, frankly, expand scale and depth,” Levy said. “It’s major, major, cinematic storytelling that happens to be called a TV series. ‘Stranger Things 5’ is as big as any of the biggest movies that we see.”

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“Stranger Things 5” is waiting to kick off filming as soon as the Hollywood strikes come to an end. David Harbour, who has played Hopper since the pilot episode, told the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast last month that he knows how series creators Matt and Ross Duffer will end the show.

“I know where we net out and it’s very, very moving,” Harbour said. That is the term I will use…It’s a hell of an undertaking, too. I mean, the set pieces and the things in the scripts that we saw are bigger than anything we’ve done in the past.”

Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven on the show, told Women’s Wear Daily last month that she is at peace with the star-making show coming to an end, adding, “I think I’m ready. It’s been such a huge factor in part of my life, but it’s like graduating high school, it’s like senior year. You’re ready to go and blossom and flourish and you’re grateful for the time you’ve had, but it’s time to create your own message and live your own life.”

Harbour previously shared similar thoughts to Discussing Film, saying, “What’s funny is when I started the show, I never ever wanted it to end. That’s why I love the show. I think it’s a great show, even if I wasn’t in it. Now we’re almost nine years from filming the first season, and I think it is time for it to end.”

“But it is, of course, very bittersweet,” he continued. “You know, there’s a sadness there. But also, we’ve all grown up. It is time for us to leave that nest and try other things and different projects. And to let the Duffer Brothers try different things as well. I mean, those guys are so talented. I want to see what they come up with next. So it is bittersweet, but it’s definitely time.”

Production on “Stranger Things 5” will most likely begin in 2024.

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