Global streaming giant Netflix has over the years managed to expand its audience by not just offering a wide streaming library of licensed property content, but also its own stable of original productions. These range from films to series, either live-action or animated (western or anime-style). Even then these Netflix Originals are based off of licensed properties themselves, like the once-MCU-connected superhero series like “Daredevil” and the anime-style adaptation of Konami’s “Castlevania” videogames. Now, Netflix is looking to adapt a franchise not from the Americas or Asia, but Europe. The long-running stylishly-animated “Winx Club” series will become a live-action miniseries.
According to Comic Book Resources, the multi-season animated series created by Italian animator Iginio Straffi for Rainbow SpA and Rai Fiction (on early seasons, joined by Nickelodeon later on), will be made into a live-action Netflix streaming series. The show, which features Japanese anime-style character designs and genre of “magical girl,” has been one of Italy’s major pop culture imports, now that its episodes are shown in no less than 150 countries around the world. The proposed miniseries is called “Fate: The Winx Saga,” and has already been filming in Ireland with an ensemble cast led by “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” supporting actress Abigail Cowen.
This six-episode mini is produced by Rainbow Group and Archery Pictures, and represents a further collaboration between the “Winx Club” creative team and the streaming service. They already released an animated spinoff of the original “Winx Club” called “World of Winx” in 2016, which has run two seasons to its mother series’ eight (starting 2004). Straffi is part of a team of executive producers which include Judy Kounihan, Kris Thykier and Brian Young, who also serves as show-runner. Cowen is joined in the cast by Hannah van der Westhuysen, Precious Mustapha, Eliot Salt, Elisha Abblebaum, Sadie Soverall and Freddie Thorp.
“Winx Club” is set in a multiverse of different worlds including Earth, connected by magic to a dimension where worthy students in a fairy academy gain the power to become fairies to fight sinister magic users and other evil entities. An Earth girl named Bloom (Cowen) joins the academy together with a close circle of friends from other worlds, where they form a fairy team called Winx. The franchise has received contrasting feedback from reviewers, either praising its artistic design and inspirational message of friendship and female empowerment, or calling out its sexualized character depictions.
“Fate: The Winx Saga” has yet to get a release date on Netflix, but principal photography seems to be going smoothly as announced Tuesday, September 17, by the streaming giant.
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