Netflix, the world’s leading internet TV network, is throwing its hat into the growing list of Hamptons-set television shows with a new drama series, Montauk, written and directed by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, the guys behind new Fox show Wayward Pines and the 2015 horror film, Hidden. Eight one-hour episodes of the series will premiere exclusively across all Netflix territories in 2016.
Set in the Montauk of 1980, a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery touching upon some of The End’s great, real-life legends and lore, as well as some new additions—top secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and a very strange little girl. Of course, locals know that Montauk has been ground zero for all sorts of dark and mysterious tales, most notably centered on Camp Hero and the far out claims in Preston Nichols‘ and Peter Moon‘s 1992 book, The Montauk Project.
While it takes place in the same hamlet as Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning series The Affair, Montauk will present a very different, but not completely foreign (for those in the know), angle. What Hamptons resident wouldn’t watch a show inspired by the incredibly deep and extensive mysteries of Montauk and sets it during a much simpler, far less crowded time? Count us in!
“Montauk is a love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation,” Netflix’s April 2 announcement says. “Matt and Ross are emerging filmmakers with an unmistakable passion for genre and suspense. Their unique voice infuses this coming of age drama with supernatural thrills that will captivate our global audience,” Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix, adds.
The Duffer Brothers, who recently directed Hidden, their first feature film for Warner Bros., are writing and directing the series, and will serve as executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner (The Spectacular Now, Night At The Museum, Real Steel, Date Night).
Montauk will become part of Netlix’s popular lineup of original programs, such as Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Bloodline, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Hemlock Grove and Daredevil, among others.