For twelve years now the magical adventures and lives of the famous six Winx fairies have enchanted fans as they watched them at their first encounters that lead to their formation of the club, saving what once was a lost kingdom, restoring the belief and magic to a planet that had skies empty of fairies for centuries and beyond.
The magical girl genera is a very interesting one that typically plays off similar tropes and themes, so standing out can be challenging. So getting lost in an ever growing shuffle is common enough. Yet Winx has managed to do what only a small few series can; make it past ten years and still generating content.
Late last year I spoke of Winx when Nick Jr was prepping to air the seventh season of the series, and at which time I had given a general over-view of the series and origins. I feel like even though I can easily say more about the series, it does seem rather unnecessary. For years I ran a fan-site devoted to Winx Club and covered a mind-blowing amount of news, goods- well anything Winx at all. So that is only opening the door to what could be a long conversation.
Though I admit that I have stepped back from the series, coming across the news that Winx is now green-lit for a live-action film was far from shocking. For years the idea of a live-action film has been talked about and even teased. The series’ creator has slated countless time that it is his dream to one day see the six fairies in live-action format shine across the big screen.
Winx is a story about dreams coming true, and it looks like this dream is coming true.
The following information is from Dateline’s news of the film:
Warner Bros.-based Hollywood Gang has partnered with Italy’s Rainbow Group to develop and produce a live-action movie inspired by the animated and popular global Winx Club TV series. This comes after Netflix recently announced it ordered two seasons of programming this year for an animated Winx Club spinoff series from Rainbow called Winx Club Wow: World Of Winx. The original animated series ran on Nickelodeon for about five years. The property heavily draws in a young, female demographic.
The series is set in a vividly imagined world, where Bloom, a girl from Earth crosses into a Magical Dimension to enroll at Alfea College — the best school for fairies in all the realms. At Alfea College, Bloom and her fairy friends, each of whom possesses powers unique to their character, join together to form the Winx Club.
Hollywood Gang president Gianni Nunnari and The Rainbow Group Founder and CEO Iginio Straffi put the deal together. Straffi called a live-action version of the series “a dream of mine since the very beginning.”
“It’s a charming, magical, infectiously empowering, and hip series,” said Nunnari in a statement. “We are tremendously excited to bring the live-action feature of this international sensation to the big screen for the world to enjoy.”
To some extent I cannot help but to feel somewhat nostalgic. I recall many a conversations where my friends along with myself would play ‘what-if’ for a movie cast. Now there is solidified backing.
I have no idea how this will work. Winx is a magical girl series. There is transformations, attacks and a lot more that is critical to the story and I have no idea how the translation from animation to reality will work. In regards to plot my best guess is that we might be looking at some type of re-telling of the first season. Just looking at the summary they give it is a clear indication of the events of the first season. But I hope they are willing to be diverse with casting.
Right now we know nothing except this is happening. As time moves forward more information will come and we will get a better idea of what is to come.
Join the conversation: What is your stance on this, excited or not? Share your thoughts.