The Duffer brothers have dismissed as "completely meritless" a lawsuit that claims they stole the idea for their hit Netflix show 'Stranger Things'.
Director Charlie Kessler claims the show is based on an idea for a short film that he presented to the brothers. But a lawyer for the duo denied the claim.
"Mr Kessler's claim is completely meritless," the lawyer said.
"He 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."
The short film in question is Kessler's 'Montauk', which was released in 2012. Like 'Stranger Things', it tells the story of a small boy who goes missing in suspicious circumstances. It too features a monster from another dimension and a nearby military base that conducts experiments on children.
'Stranger Things' has been a critical smash for Netflix. It's a paranormal sci-fi show set in small town America, very much in the mould of Steven Spielberg's films of the 1980s. It too is set in that decade.
Series two aired last Halloween. Series three is expected to be available around the same time this year.