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.”
Nunnari, best known for Seven, The Departed, and 300. Hollywood Gang and the producer are currently developing a slew of projects including Napoleon, Robotech, A Willing Patriot, Blood In Blood Out, Emperor and Dante’s Inferno.
Production is currently underway on Hollywood Gang’s recently announced 10-episode series Start Up starring Martin Freeman and Adam Brody for Crackle.
Rainbow Group has three Canadian animation studios (two in Vancouver, one in Kelowna), two in Italy (in Rome and Loreto) and subsidiaries in Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. It also is a big worldwide licensor.