1980s films like Aliens and Gremlins have inspired Netflix’s “Stranger Things” in the past, but an unexpected inspiration on the upcoming third season, according to actor David Harbour, is the Chevy Chase comedy, Fletch. In the ’85 film, Chase played Fletch, a newspaper reporter who goes through multiple identity changes… and gets involved in a murder scheme.
Speaking with Variety, Harbour teased the unlikely inspiration.
“The Duffers are so specific each year with the movies,” Harbour told the site. “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.”
The third season of “Stranger Things” is indeed set to be the darkest season to date, set during the Summer of ’85. It’s expected to arrive on Netflix next year, in the Summer of 2019.