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This article/section is related to Fate: The Winx Saga, a live-action spinoff of Winx Club. Please visit Fate: The Winx Saga Wiki Fatelink.png to edit Fate articles.

Fate: The Winx Saga is a live-action adaptation of the Winx Club series. It was created by Brian Young, a former producer for The Vampire Diaries. The series was released on January 22, 2021 on Netflix.[1][2][3]

A British company, Archery Pictures[4], is producing the show in association with Rainbow SpA, a studio co-owned by Iginio Straffi and Viacom[5]. The writers for the show are entirely new and did not work on the animated series. Early in production, some of Nickelodeon's team from the cartoon met with the new crew members and reviewed the pilot episode's script[6].

The first season consists of six episodes, each one hour long[7]. According to Netflix, Fate: The Winx Saga is targeted towards young adults[8] and is "edgier and darker than they (the older audience of Winx Club) can imagine after being used to the colorful world of Winx."[9]

Later on February 18, 2021, it is announced that the show is green lit for a second season consists eight new episodes, with the filming beginning later in this year in Ireland.[10]

Synopsis

First

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.

Second

Tucked away in a mythic parallel world, the Alfea School Fatelink.png has trained Fairies Fatelink.png in the magical arts for thousands of years, but it's never had a student quite like Bloom Fatelink.png. 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?

Third

The 6 episode series follows the coming-of-age journey of five unlikely friends attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld Fatelink.png where they must learn to master their enchanting powers while navigating love, rivalry and the monsters that threaten their very existence.

Fourth

Official synopsis from Netflix's press site:

Fate: The Winx Saga follows the coming-of-age journey of five fairies attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where they must learn to master their enchanting powers while navigating love, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence. From creator Brian Young (The Vampire Diaries), Fate: The Winx Saga is a live-action reimagining of the Italian cartoon Winx Club from Iginio Straffi.

Characters

On September 17, 2019, the Irish Examiner reported that filming for Fate: The Winx Saga had begun filming in Ireland[11]. On the same day, the official Winx Club Instagram account announced the following cast members[7]:

Timeline

Main article: Season 1 Fatelink.png
  1. To the Waters and the Wild Fatelink.png
  2. No Strangers Here Fatelink.png
  3. Heavy Mortal Hopes Fatelink.png
  4. Some Wrecked Angel Fatelink.png
  5. Wither into the Truth Fatelink.png
  6. A Fanatic Heart Fatelink.png
Main article: Season 2 Fatelink.png
  1. TBA
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Trivia

  • The title of the show, Fate, is also the Italian word for "Fairies".
  • Most of the actors are British or Irish, and production was mainly handled by a United Kingdom-based studio in London (Archery Pictures Fatelink.png).
    • Fittingly, the original Winx Club remains very popular on Nickelodeon's British channel, ranking as the second-most-popular program on Nickelodeon UK.[15] On Fate's launch weekend (January 22-24, 2021), Nickelodeon UK aired the Winx episodes Mystery of Calavera and Zombie Invasion from Season 6.[16]
  • According to Netflix's behind-the-scenes video, the visual effects crew made the decision early on that there would be no costume change during the transformations.[17]
  • This is the second Winx Club spin-off to premiere on Netflix; the first being World of Winx.
  • Fate: The Winx Saga is planned to hit a target audience of young adults.[8][18]
  • According to Straffi, referring to complaints by fans of the animated Winx Club show that 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."[9]
  • According to an interview given by the showrunner Brian Young and the actress Abigail Cowen:[14]
    • The Fairies Fatelink.png in Fate: The Winx Saga have no wings. Though at the end of season one, Bloom gained wings.
    • The role of the Specialists Fatelink.png in Fate: The Winx Saga is to protect the Otherworld from feared beings known as the Burned Ones Fatelink.png.
    • Fate: The Winx Saga challenges the outdated gender norms of the original Winx Club series by including male Fairies and female Specialists.
    • The production team opted to go for a more realistic setting and for more realistic characters for Fate: The Winx Saga compared to the original Winx Club show.
    • Fate: The Winx Saga is meant to be an emotionally authentic series for both Cowen, who experienced bullying in middle school, and Young, who was coming out as gay, and who therefore both experienced difficult high school years.
  • Shortly after the teaser for Fate: The Winx Saga was released, fans criticized it for:[19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34]
    • Whitewashing characters of color of the Winx Club franchise because, while Flora is dark-skinned Latina coded and Musa is East Asian coded in the original series, Flora was replaced by Terra and Musa is portrayed by a white actress in Fate: The Winx Saga.
    • Being too dark compared to the original Winx Club series, and for abandoning the original series' colorful costumes and brighter elements.

Gallery

Promotional Videos

External Links


References

  1. Every Netflix Original Series Coming in 2020. What's On Netflix. December 5, 2019.
  2. Le Winx irlandesi e quella «Disney» europea che l’Italia dimentica. Il Sole 24 Ore. August 9, 2020.
  3. ‘Fate: The Winx Saga’ Season 1: Everything We Know So Far. What's On Netflix. November 9, 2020.
  4. Netflix ha prodotto una serie basata sul cartone animato Winx
  5. Netflix's latest TV series, 'Fate: The Winx Saga', is now filming in Ireland. entertainment.ie. September 17, 2019.
  6. Molly Quinn (Nickelodeon voice of Bloom) official account. Twitter. January 8, 2021.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Winx Club official account. Instagram. September 17, 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Netflix to Adapt Winx Club Into a Live Action Young Adult Series". Netflix. 14 March 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 TV Kids Licensing Expo, Annecy & NATPE Budapest 2019. Worldscreen. May 23, 2019.
  10. https://www.instagram.com/p/CLcEn8dnB8O/
  11. Netflix young-adult series begins filming in Wicklow. Irish Examiner.September 17, 2019.
  12. ‘Fate: The Winx Saga’: Abigail Cowen To Lead Ensemble Cast Of Netflix YA Series. Deadline Hollywood. September 17, 2019.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Netflix’s ‘Fate: The Winx Saga’ Season 1: Everything We Know So Far. What’s on Netflix. July 2, 2020.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 'Boys can be fairies - it's the 21st century': How Fate: The Winx Saga finds the reality in fantasy. The Guardian. December 10, 2020.
  15. "Nickelodeon Consumer Products' Winx Club drive bolstered by strong viewing figures". Licensing.biz. October 11, 2011.
  16. Nickelodeon UK schedule: January 24 and 25, 2021.
  17. Netflix official channel - Fate: The Winx Saga VFX Breakdown. Netflix. January 28, 2021.
  18. "‘Winx Club’: Netflix Adapting Italian Animated Franchise As YA Series". Deadline Hollywood. March 14, 2018.
  19. Fans aren’t happy about ‘whitewashing’ of Netflix’s ‘Winx Club’ adaptation. Daily Dot. December 10, 2020.
  20. Fate: The Winx Saga Delivers a Whitewashed & Glitter-Free Adaptation of the Cartoon. The Mary Sue. December 10, 2020.
  21. Netflix releases trailer for 'Winx Club' remake: 'Fate: The Winx Saga'. Today. December 10, 2020.
  22. Netflix Slammed for Whitewashing Winx Club Live Action Cast. Decider. December 10, 2020.
  23. Netflix criticised for whitewashing two characters in Winx Club adaptation: ‘They just killed my favourite childhood’. The Independent. December 11, 2020.
  24. Netflix Delivers Whitewashed "Winx Club" Adaptation. Chaos and Comrades. December 11, 2020.
  25. Netflix accused of ‘whitewashing’ its Winx Club reboot by disappointed fans. indy100. December 11, 2020.
  26. Winx Fans Accuse Netflix of Whitewashing the Live-Action Series' Cast. CBR. December 11, 2020.
  27. Winx Club ‘whitewashing’ controversy explained: Twitter reacts to Netflix revival!. HITC. December 11, 2020.
  28. “Fate: The Winx Saga” To Give Us a Whitewashed Version of the Winx Club Franchise!. The Geekiary. December 11, 2020.
  29. 'Winx Club' Whitewash Controversy: Fans Are Angry With Netflix Right Now. Distractify. December 11, 2020.
  30. Netflix is slammed for 'whitewashing' new live-action remake of Nickelodeon cartoon Winx Club by replacing beloved Latina and Asian characters with WHITE actresses. December 11, 2020.
  31. Fans On Twitter Accuse Netflix Of Whitewashing The Cast Of The New 'Winx Club' Series. The Things. December 13, 2020.
  32. Relive your childhood with the Winx Club live-action that is angering the internet. The Tempest. December 20, 2020.
  33. Why Netflix's Winx Club Has Fans Angry: Whitewashing Controversy Explained. Screen Rant. December 20, 2020.
  34. Flora on Netflix’s Winx Club remake sparks ‘whitewash’ accusations. Monsters and Critics. December 11, 2020.
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