16. Finn Wolfhard and the Duffer Brothers have a lot in common
Though the Duffer Brothers wanted to do the It adaptation, we’re glad they made Stranger Things instead. As a TV show, Stranger Things can enjoy a long life, whereas a movie is only two hours long.
But they may able to live vicariously through someone else who appears on Stranger Things — Finn Wolfhard. Later this year, Wolfhard (who played Mike Wheeler) will play Richie Tozier, one of Pennywise’s victims.
On another note, Wolfhard says Spider-Man was one of the first movies he ever saw. The first Spider-Man trilogy — there are obviously so many to keep track of — was directed by Sam Raimi and starred Toby Maguire as Peter Parker.
Additionally, the Duffer Brothers credit Sam Raimi as one of their favorites:
"It was seventh grade or something like that when we started falling in love with stuff like Sam Raimi and Wes Craven and John Carpenter. Also, our filmmaking skills were getting a little more polished, so we thought we could actually make something that was not funny. That’s when we started making these little short films about people getting possessed by demons."
Before Spider-Man, Raimi worked on several supernatural horror films like The Evil Dead, so it’s not necessarily his superhero work that caught the Duffer Brothers’ eyes.