‘Stranger Things 4’ will be ‘several episodes’ longer than actual movies

The wait to return to Hawkins is almost over. Next week, stranger things will return for its fourth season on Netflix, ending a nearly three-year drought since season 3 released in 2019. We’ve waited a long time, in part because a global pandemic halted production on just about everything for one while leaving most shows with no choice but to push back their schedules a bit. but it is not the only reason stranger things 4 took so long to produce.

Talk to IGN about the upcoming season, creators Matt and Ross Duffer and producer Shawn Levy revealed that stranger things 4 will feature the longest episodes in the series’ history. How long? Try longer than many feature films, including Levy’s own directorial production.

“I released two movies in Season 4,” Levy said. “We have several episodes that are longer than the two free guy and The Adam Project.”

stranger things 4 will resume six months after the events of stranger things 3, and will follow our Hawkins heroes as they adjust to both the Byers family leaving town and the dangers and wonders of high school. But of course, new supernatural threats are also brewing, new monsters emerge, and Hopper (David Harbour) must find a way out of his captivity in Russia. That’s a lot, and it helps explain why the new season is so massive.

“We really wanted to give as many characters as possible their time to shine and really work on their character development and their arcs,” said Ross Duffer. “And we said it’s been a very revealing season, in that there’s a lot we want to tell the public and reveal in terms of the Upside Down and what’s really going on here at Hawkins. ”

Season 4 will only have nine episodes and will be spread over two release dates, with the first part arriving on May 27 and the second part on July 1. In terms of episodes, it’s just one more than stranger thingsbut according to Ross Duffer, it’s “almost twice as long” in terms of total runtime.

“It’s just huge,” added Matt Duffer. “It’s really two seasons. It’s almost like we shot two seasons in a row, that’s really what I think.

stranger things 4 has reason to be big, and not just because of the ever-growing tapestry of in-universe characters and locations. According to the Duffers, the season got extended in part because, while finalizing the story amid the COVID production shutdown, they posted that they still had a lot to say before reaching the end. Of the history. By the time Season 4 was fully previewed, it became clear that Season 5 could be the final chapter.

“As we sat down to do [Season] 4, we knew we had to start giving some of these big answers,” said Ross Duffer. “And the minute we started giving some of these big answers, it meant that the end inevitably had to be in sight. And that’s what really led us to announce that the fifth season was going to be the last.

stranger things 4 premieres May 27 on Netflix.

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