Netflix Announces $670 Million Franchise To Replace ‘Stranger Things’

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The cast of Stranger Things

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Fans have been waiting to hear news about the Netflix hit television series Stranger Things.

The ongoing SAG-AFTRA strikes, which just recently came to an end, have allowed numerous projects to get behind schedule, many of which were canceled permanently. Stranger Things is no exception.

Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) with surprised expression at school
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Created by the Duffer Brothers, the franchise has successfully tapped into the ’80s aesthetic, offering a thrilling narrative with a mix of supernatural elements and heartfelt relationships. The series is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, where strange occurrences and government experiments intertwine with the lives of a group of kids. At the core of the ensemble cast are talented young actors who bring the characters to life.

Finn Wolfhard portrays Mike Wheeler, the central character whose search for his missing friend sets the events of the series in motion. Millie Bobby Brown delivers a standout performance as Eleven, a girl with psychokinetic abilities who escapes from a government lab. Other key cast members include Gaten Matarazzo as the lovable Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin as the determined Lucas Sinclair, and Noah Schnapp as the missing Will Byers, whose experiences in the eerie parallel dimension, the Upside Down, become a focal point of the narrative. The ensemble is rounded out by memorable adult characters, including Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers and David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper.

David Harbour in Stranger Things
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The success of Stranger Things lies not only in its nostalgic homage to ’80s pop culture but also in its ability to balance supernatural thrills with the emotional growth of its characters. The camaraderie among the young cast members is a significant draw, and the show expertly weaves in themes of friendship, family, and resilience.

As we eagerly await the arrival of Stranger Things Season 5, the anticipation is continuing to grow. However, details surrounding the release date and the start of filming remain shrouded in mystery. The Duffer Brothers and Netflix have kept a tight lid on plot details, further fueling speculation among the dedicated fan base. Despite the lack of concrete information, the fandom remains engaged and active on social media platforms, sharing theories and expressing excitement for the upcoming season. The success of the previous seasons, coupled with the unresolved mysteries and cliffhangers, has only intensified the desire to dive back into the supernatural world of Hawkins.

The D&D club huddling in 'Stranger Things' Season 4
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Many fans were hoping that the final season of Stranger Things would potentially be released by the end of 2024, but that’s looking much less likely. As a matter of fact, numerous reports indicate that the show likely won’t see a Season 5 release until late 2025. David Harbour confirmed that it takes nearly a full year for the television series to be filmed, and assuming it takes nearly 8-10 months of post-production work to have the season finalized, this would put the show not being released until late 2025 at the earliest.

Of course, as Netflix is set to say goodbye to its flagbearer soon, many have wondered what might take the place of Stranger Things. There have been multiple reports sharing that Netflix is looking to Tim Burton, Jenna Ortega, and the cast of Wednesday to become “the next Stranger Things,” but with Ortega already moving up the ranks so quickly in Hollywood, it remains uncertain how long the streaming platform can keep her around for the show.

Now, a trailer has been revealed for a franchise worth more than $670 million that has been pegged to serve as one of those replacements for the content the streamer won’t have once Stranger Things has been finished.

The cast of Stranger Things
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Of course, we’re talking about The Terminator.

Inside the Magic covered the trailer’s release, and it seems that the franchise could become a big part of Netflix in the coming years. The series will be released under the working title Terminator: The Anime Series.

The official synopsis can be read below:

“2022: A future war has raged for decades between the few human survivors and an endless army of machines. 1997: The AI known as Skynet gained self-awareness and began its war against humanity. Caught between the future and this past is a soldier sent back in time to change the fate of humanity. She arrives in 1997 to protect a scientist named Malcolm Lee who works to launch a new AI system designed to compete with Skynet’s impending attack on humanity. As Malcolm navigates the moral complexities of his creation, he is hunted by an unrelenting assassin from the future which forever alters the fate of his three children.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger pointing a weapon in 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'
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The show promises to have new characters and is created by Japanese animation studio Production IG (“Ghost in the Shell”).

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