“Stranger Things” Season 3 is Inspired by Chevy Chase’s “Fletch”

Sometimes inspiration is found at the most unlikely places. 

Season three of Stranger Things is looking at the 1985 comedy Fletch, featuring Chevy Chase for inspiration.

The news was revealed during a screening the show at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Friday by David Harbour, who plays Chief Jim Hopper.

The two time Emmy nominee told Variety, “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.”

Harbour also noted that executive producer Shawn Levy has described the upcoming season as darker, scarier and bigger, especially because of his not-so-simple relationship with 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.”

Stranger Things is set to return in summer 2019.