'Winx Club' kids headed for big screen

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ROME -- Children's television series "Winx Club" is headed to the big screen for the first time, with a €25 million ($34.13 million) movie provisionally named "Winx Club, il Segreto di un Regno" (Winx Club, the Secret of a Kingdom), producers announced Monday.

"Winx Club" is based on the adventures of five teenage magical fairies who fight against evil senior witches out to destroy their club.

Like the television series, the film will be directed by Iginio Straffi, founder of production company Rainbow CGI, a co-producer of the cinema version.

RAI Fiction and RAI Cinema -- both subsidiaries of Italian state broadcaster RAI -- also will be co-producers.

Distribution in Italy will be handled by 01 Distribution.

The "Winx" budget is the largest ever for an Italian-made animated film. Producers say they'll begin shopping the film in Cannes, though it won't be ready for release until closer to the end of the year.

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