According to Variety, the show was originally called "Montauk" and set on Long Island. But Atlanta would make a terrible proxy for the shores of Long Island since the metro area lacks a viable beach. So instead, creators Matt and Ross Duffer ("Wayward Pines") opted to set it in Indiana instead. (As ABC's now cancelled drama "Resurrection" knows, Atlanta can imitate the Midwest fairly well.)
I hear this is also set in the 1980s, the second such show shot in Atlanta which uses that decade as a backdrop. The other is AMC's "Halt & Catch Fire."
Plotwise, "Stranger Things" begins with a young boy vanishing into thin air amid an unfolding mystery involving top-secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces — and a very strange little girl.
Ryder will play Joyce, a working-class single mom whose son disappears, and Harbour will be the town’s chief of police.
Several child actors have been cast. (Variety has the list if you are interested.)
The show will claim roots at EUE Screen Gems in Atlanta.
It is scheduled to begin production this fall and will air in 2016. Netflix has committed to eight episodes for season one.