Stranger Things’ NeverEnding Story singalong was originally a very, very different song – SYFY WIRE

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Welcome to Awards Contenders. This month, SYFY WIRE is talking to the actors, directors, designers, and craftspeople whose work was featured in the best movies and TV offerings of 2019, and who are now the leading awards nominees. Today, we're speaking with CAS-nominated production sound mixer Michael Rayle and some of the cast members of Stranger Things. It's complicated, of course: When Stranger Things' Dustin desperately needs to know Planck's Constant (the code he needs to help save the world), he turns to his long-distance girlfriend, the math whiz Suzie. Time is of the essence. But before Suzie will give up the mathematical formation, she demands something odd in return — she wants to hear him sing the theme song to The NeverEnding Story, much to the dismay of everyone else listening on their radio frequency. More Interviews Originally, the tune Suzie requested was going to be the mournful Ent song from The Lord of the Rings. But when they realized the imminence of the upcoming Lord of the Rings series on Amazon, writer Curtis Gwinn suggested a replacement — the dreamy power ballad from 1984's The NeverEnding Story, which had been produced by synth wizard Giorgio Moroder ....

Considering that it's a more recognizable hit (and a core piece of every '80s childhood), that song was thought to be a better fit for the nostalgic Stranger Things. "Oh my God! The NeverEnding Story is one of my favorite movies of all time, " Stranger Things actress Maya Hawke says. "I mean, that scene when the horse Artax sinks into the Swamp of Sadness? I could cry just thinking about it right now. In contrast to that, the hopefulness of that song and that movie at large was a perfect way to end Stranger Things Season 3, because it was this collision of all this drama, fear, and scariness on the outside, but all these really human moments and these relationships existing and blooming in the context of all this madness." During filming, Hawke found herself going around the set singing the melody, because it was so catchy. And once Stranger Things aired, the bursting-into-song moment lodged in viewers' heads, too. Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown and the writing staff issued a #NeverEnding Challenge (to react and reenact that moment) on Instagram and Twitter — and so fans chimed in not just in song, but also cosplay and ....

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