Netflix is adapting Italian studio Rainbow Group’s popular animation franchise Winx Club into a live-action series for young adults, turning the six fashionista fairies into flesh and blood teens learning to hone their powers while living together at a magic boarding school. The show will be available to streaming members around the world.
Erik Barmack, VP of International Originals at Netflix, said: “Winx is a global phenomenon and through this exciting series we are thrilled to reinforce our relationship with Rainbow and to develop the next chapter of Winx. The famous fairies will grow up with their audience and will explore complex themes as real-life teenage superheroines in a live-action show.”
Winx Club, created by Rainbow’s founder & CEO Iginio Straffi, was first produced in Italy in 2004 and has since become one of the most successful animated series on a global level, and one of the first Italian cartoons to be sold in the US. In 2016, Netflix globally and exclusively released two seasons of the spinoff series World of Winx, which has also found international popularity.
“We are very pleased that our successful collaboration with Netflix continues with ever more ambitious projects,” said Straffi. “Netflix’s young adult series have touched a chord with audiences around the world and we are looking forward to seeing the Winx fairies in this new exciting live action adaptation.”