‘Winx Club’ movie in the works after ‘Fate: Winx Saga’ canceled


Iginio Strafficreator of magic »winx club” Franchise TV and founder of his production company Rainbow SpA, was a little surprised that netflix canceled live-action “Fate: The Winx Saga” after two seasons. But he also sees it as an opportunity.

“I have yet to hear what Netflix has to say officially,” Straffi said in an exclusive interview with Variety after learning from showrunner Brian Young that the series was axed. “I will speak to Netflix to fully understand what happened.”

The cancellation of ‘Winx Saga’ means that, contractually, Straffi, who created the six fashionable fairies who became a global IP, can now go ahead with a long-planned and endowed ‘Winx’ movie. with a budget of over $100 million. It’s “probably the most important project of my entire career,” he said.

For its creator, turning “Winx” into a live-action franchise is the culmination of the saga’s journey.

“We started with the television series, which had a more accessible budget and was a little easier to finance. Netflix believed in it and I think they got a good return,” he said.

Now, after holding on for years, during which Straffi says he’s had plenty of opportunities to make a live-action “Winx” movie on a “low budget,” he thinks the time is right to make a long big budget footage with “all the strong elements it needs.

“These will include not only the characters’ relationships at school – which are a big part of what the Netflix series revolves around – but the more epic fantasy aspect of the franchise: transformations, battles with witches, the Trix,” Straffi said, alluding to the trio of witches who act as the fairies’ main antagonists. He is now looking to do “something more similar to ‘Harry Potter’ or superhero movies”.

“The audience I seek to reach includes those who, like the Netflix series audience, are nostalgic for the original animated series from 20 years ago, but also families who want to go to the movies with children. 10+.” Straffi said. “The Netflix series drew heavily on existing characters, but also created a bit darker vibe.”

He added: “There will be dark undertones, but the vibe will be closer to the DNA of the animated series – especially the villains, The Trix, [whom] everyone was waiting in the third installment of the Netflix series.

Straffi will travel to Los Angeles next week to buy the big-budget feature from US studios, but it will be a “Winx” movie, not a “Fate” movie, he said.

Meanwhile, a ninth installment of the “Winx Club” anime television series that originally bewitched teenage girls around the world is also in the works, produced by Rainbow with Italian product unit RAI Ragazzi, with plans for a 2024 completion date. Straffi called the new anime series a “very important reboot” which, “while still retaining the ‘Winx’ DNA, is written in a style more suited to today’s youth.” today”.

“It’s very carefully thought out. The language and the rhythm, it will be very original, with a type of narration that is a little more like live-action,” he said.

As for why Netflix decided not to make a third season of “Destiny: The Winx SagaStraffi said he was surprised because the second season “was one of Netflix’s best shows in all the top territories in the world, at least before the ‘Dahmer’ phenom dropped.

“We’re talking tens of millions of viewers,” he said. “The numbers were a bit lower than the first season, but that’s also due to the competition being different from two years ago. From what we’re given to understand, Netflix has made several They ranged from economics, of course, given that the third season would have cost more than the previous ones due to rising talent costs and the fact that there was a drop in roster. But I don’t know really.

Straffi also cited the fact that Rainbow negotiated the licensing of rights, choice of showrunner, and production of the first season of “Fate: The Winx Saga” with Netflix’s US headquarters. Due to the streamer’s own reorganization, the Netflix UK team was in charge of the second season of “Fate”, which was filmed in Ireland. “I think maybe that made a difference. They felt less ownership of this show,” he said.

But he pointed out that contractually he is now free to pursue his ‘Winx’ live-action film ambitions: “The fact that Netflix has not renewed the third season gives me an advantage because I can now create ‘other live action products.’


Comments are closed.