The New Season of ‘Stranger Things’ Was Influenced by Chevy Chase’s 1985 Comedy ‘Fletch’

Not what we were expecting.


Don’t expect the upcoming third season of Netflix‘s massive hit Stranger Things to be all doom and gloom.

Variety reports that, in fact, the retro-tastic horror series will actually be taking cues from Chevy Chase’s iconic ’80s comedy Fletch. At least, that’s what David Harbour —who plays small-town police chief Jim Hopper  — claims. Here’s the scoop.

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“The Duffers are so specific each year with the movies. And ‘Fletch’ is one movie we get to play around and have some fun with this season, which you wouldn’t expect from ‘Stranger Things’ and you wouldn’t expect from the Spielberg universe and you certainly wouldn’t expect from a darker season.’”

In the cult flick, Chase plays a go-getter newspaper reporter who changes his identity at the drop of a hat in order to snag the juiciest story. And along with new imports Cary Elwes as the self-serving Mayor Kline and Maya Hawke as Harrington’s fellow ice cream scooper, a character likely to channel Chase’s signature wiles is Jake Busey’s Bruce, a “journalist for The Hawkins Post, with questionable morals and a sick sense of humor.”

In case you missed it, here’s the hilarious teaser trailer for Season 3, set in a shopping mall straight out of the ’80s.

Here’s more about the new season.

But Season 3 will not be all fun and games for the folks of Hawkins, especially as Hopper takes on the role of legitimate adoptive father to Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). “Their relationship is going to get far more complex, because, you know, things happen to girls and boys when they’re 13 and 14,” he said. “A lot of changes go on in the body and in your social life, and I don’t think he’s going to handle watching her become a woman in front of his eyes very well. That’s a horrifying thing for him — maybe even more so than fighting inter-dimensional monsters.”

Clearly, the team behind the show has a pretty solid sense of humor, which balances well against some of the series’ more horrifying moments.

And, who knows, maybe the Demogorgon has an intense hatred of ball bearings…

Season 3 of Stranger Things is scheduled to return summer 2019. 

h/t: EW