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Netflix to adapt Rainbow’s Winx Club

Popular Italian animated franchise to be turned into a live action young adult series.

Netflix is to adapt Rainbow Group’s popular Winx Club franchise into a live action young adult series.

For the first time, viewers will see the six fairies turn into real teenagers to hone their powers while living together in a magic boarding school.

Winx Club was created and produced in Italy in 2004 by Iginio Straffi, founder and ceoof Rainbow Group. After its launch, it became one of the most successful animated series on a global level and one of the first Italian series to be sold in the US.

Netflix exclusively released two seasons of spin-off World of Winx in 2016.

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 super heroines in a live action show.”

Iginio added: “We are very pleased that our successful collaboration with Netflix continues with ever more ambitious projects.

“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.”

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