A Fateful Encounter
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.
A British company, Archery Pictures, is producing the show in association with Rainbow SpA, a studio co-owned by Iginio Straffi and Viacom. 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.
The first season consists of six episodes, each one hour long. According to Netflix, Fate: The Winx Saga is targeted towards young adults and is "edgier and darker than they (the older audience of Winx Club) can imagine after being used to the colorful world of Winx."
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 begining later in this year in Ireland.
“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 mythic 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 enchanting powers while navigating love, rivalry and the monsters that threaten their very existence.”
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.”
On September 17, 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 Harvey
- Elisha Applebaum as Musa
- Sadie Soverall as Beatrix
- Freddie Thorp as Riven
- Danny Griffin as Sky
- Theo Graham as Dane
- Jacob Dudman as Sam Harvey
- Josh Cowdery as Mike Peters
- Eva Birthistle as Vanessa Peters
- Eve Best as Headmistress Dowling 
- Robert James-Collier as Saul Silva 
- Lesley Sharp as Rosalind
- Kate Fleetwood as Queen Luna 
- Leah Minto as Kat 
- Alex Macqueen as Ben Harvey 
- Main article: Season 1
- To the Waters and the Wild
- No Strangers Here
- Heavy Mortal Hopes
- Some Wrecked Angel
- Wither into the Truth
- A Fanatic Heart
- Main article: Season 2
- 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 ).
- Fittingly, the original Winx Club remains very popular on Nickelodeon's British channel, ranking as the second-most-popular program on Nickelodeon UK. On Fate's launch weekend (January 22-24, 2021), Nickelodeon UK aired the Winx episodes Mystery of Calavera and Zombie Invasion from Season 6.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- According to an interview given by the showrunner Brian Young and the actress Abigail Cowen:
- The Fairies in Fate: The Winx Saga have no wings. Though at the end of season one, Bloom seems to gain wings.
- The role of the Specialists in Fate: The Winx Saga is to protect the Otherworld from feared beings known as the Burned Ones .
- 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:
- 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.
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