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Fate: The Winx Saga is a live-action adaptation of the Winx Club series created by Iginio Straffi. Just like the original series, it will be produced by Rainbow SpA, a studio co-owned by Iginio Straffi and Viacom.
A British company, Archery Pictures, is co-producing the show. The showrunner for Fate: The Winx Saga is Brian Young, who is also one of the executive producers together with Iginio Straffi, besides Kris Thykier and Judy Counihan from Archery Pictures. Fate: The Winx Saga will be released on Netflix in 2021, the same year as another Netflix adaptation of a Nickelodeon show (Avatar: The Last Airbender).
The first season will consist of six episodes, each one hour long. According to Iginio Straffi, Fate: The Winx Saga will be targeted towards young adults and will be "edgier and darker than they (the older audience of Winx Club) can imagine after being used to the colorful world of Winx."
“For the first time the popular six fairies will turn into real teenagers learning to hone their powers while living together in a magic boarding school.”
“Tucked away in a mystic parallel world, the Alfea School has trained Fairies in the magical arts for thousands of years, but it's never had a student quite like Bloom. Raised in the human world, she's headstrong, kind... and dangerous. Within her is a power that could destroy both worlds, or save them. To control it, she has to control her emotions. She's a teenager. How hard could that be?”
“The 6 episode series follows the coming-of-age journey of five unlikely friends attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where they must learn to master their magical powers while navigating love, rivalry and the monsters that threaten their very existence”
“At the Alfea International School, students come from all over the Otherworld to train. To learn magic. To discover how to control their powers. Inside the school's castle, five students-complete strangers-are assigned as roommates: Aisha is an athlete and a classic overachiever whose control over water is the envy of her fellow students. Terra is an awkward do-gooder whose power over the natural world can overwhelm rivals unexpectedly. Musa is an introvert who keeps to herself so her mind isn't overwhelmed by the emotions of those around her. Stella is a princess - yes, a real princess - whose command over light inspires but also intimidates. And then there's Bloom, the outsider, the girl from the human world whose power over fire almost destroyed her family. These five teenagers want what every teenager wants . . . to figure out who they are. To make friends. To fit in at their new school. But when an ancient, long-vanquished evil suddenly resurfaces outside the castle walls, these five teenagers be forced to put their powers to the test. And they'll discover a secret so powerful, it will challenge everything they know about the Otherworld . . . and themselves.”
On 17 September 2019, the Irish Examiner reported that filming for Fate: The Winx Saga had begun filming in Ireland. On the same day, the official Winx Club Instagram account announced the following cast members:
- Abigail Cowen as Bloom
- Hannah van der Westhuysen as Stella
- Precious Mustapha as Aisha
- Eliot Salt as Terra
- Elisha Applebaum as Musa
- Sadie Soverall as Beatrix
- Freddie Thorp as Riven
- Danny Griffin as Sky
- Theo Graham as Dane
- Jacob Dudman as Sam
- Josh Cowdery as Mike
- Eva Birthistle as Vanessa
- Eve Best as Headmistress Dowling
- Robert James-Collier as Silva
- Kate Fleetwood as Queen Luna
- Leah Minto as Kat
- Alex Macqueen as TBA
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Iginio Straffi first talked about making a live-action adaptation of Winx Club back in 2011. As a cartoonist, Straffi had never worked on a live-action series at the time. To get familiar with the medium, he produced the live-action show Club 57 with Nickelodeon before starting work on Fate: The Winx Saga.
On March 14, 2018, it was officially announced through a press release that a live-action young adult series based on Winx Club was set for an upcoming Netflix release.
On August 1, 2019, it was revealed that the show's working title will be Fate: The Winx Club Saga. It was also reported that the series will have a large budget with Brian Young as the show runner for the series and Judy Counihan set to be the executive producer.
On September 17, 2019, Entertainment.ie, Raidió Teilifís Éireann and the Irish Examiner reported that filming for Fate: The Winx Saga had started on the same day, on September 17, 2019, in Wicklow, Republic of Ireland.
In October 2019, Backstage revealed that the season will be co-directed by Hannah Quinn and Lisa James Larsson.
In November 2019, The Irish Times reported that filming for Fate: The Winx Saga was done at Ardmore Studios, located in Bray, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland.
Filming for the first season of the series ended in December 2019, and Cinesite was still working on the visual effects in April and May 2020 despite the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.
In May 2020, the Twitter account of Netflix's Brazilian branch announced that Fate: The Winx Saga will feature "breathtaking scenes", and stated that the show's release date was yet unknown.
In June 2020, What's On Netflix was reported that Netflix had greenlit an early second season renewal for Fate: The Winx Saga.
In August 2020, the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore reported that Fate: The Winx Saga will be released in 2021.
On September 16, 2020, the Licensing Summit Online in Russia reveals that Fate: The Winx Saga will premiere on Netflix in January 2021 and will be dubbed into 32 languages. It is also stated that they planned to launch a book based on the show.
- The title of the show, Fate, is also the Italian word for "Fairies".
- Fate: The Winx Saga is the second series based on the Winx Club franchise to be produced for Netflix. The first is World of Winx.
- Fate: The Winx Saga is planned to hit a target audience of young adults.
- According to Straffi, referring to complaints by fans of the animated Winx Club series that its newer seasons are childish, "the things we had to tone down in the animation have been emphasized in the live action: the relationships, the fights, the love stories."