Winx fans have found an article with new details about the upcoming Netflix spinoff Winx Club WOW: World of Winx. From Googling the author, I think the article’s from Kidscreen. (I haven’t confirmed this yet.) Here’s the key information:
- The show will have two seasons, each with thirteen, 22-minute episodes designed for VOD (video on demand) viewing. Season one will premiere early next year, followed by season two in fall 2016.
- The Winx will go undercover to find kids with talent in art, sports, music, and science. But a “dangerous mystery” will complicate their search.
- The target audience is 8-12 year olds, the same age group Rainbow was aiming for while developing Winx Club season one. (The article says the classic show’s audience is 4-8 year olds, which is a smaller range than what’s listed on Rainbow’s website.)
- The show takes place on Earth instead of the Magic Dimension. The setting’s described as “urban [and] metropolitan.”
- The show will feature “a completely different artistic look and feel, brand-new characters, and more thrilling and mysterious plot twists not commonly found in the classic series.”
- According to Cristiana Buzzelli, Rainbow’s Vice President of Content, Netflix didn’t “enter the creative process on scripts, characters, or plot lines.” In other words, they didn’t help write the show.
- Rainbow wants to make Winx Club WOW a separate franchise. They’re already building a licensing program for it (translation: merchandise).
UPDATE: According to my affiliate Michael from Michael’s Winx Club, Winx Club WOW: World of Winx was just the working title. The new official title’s just World of Winx. Michael got this information directly from Rainbow at their headquarters in Loreto, Italy.