I will fantasize, the 90s cult series, is about to return with a new series entitled Fantaghirò: the Queen of the Two Kingdoms. This was announced late yesterday afternoon by Lotus Production, a company belonging to the Leone Film Group, led by Marco Belardi.
Fantaghirò: the Queen of the Two Kingdoms, the first details
Fantaghirò: the Queen of the Two Kingdoms will be written by White Rabbits and directed by Nicola Abbatangelo, Creative Producer of the Lotus Factory department and director of the forthcoming film The Land of Dreams, a musical produced by Lotus Production with Rai Cinema, in association with 3 Marys Entertainment, distributed by 01 Distribution. Filming will begin in 2021.
For the moment no other details are known about this new series nor the cast.
Fantaghirò, 90s cult
I will fantasize was inspired by the fairy tale of the same name Fanta-Ghirò, beautiful person by Italo Calvino, reworking of a Montalese short story inserted by Gherardo Nerucci in Montalesi’s Sixty popular novels, published in 1880.
The series debuted with 5 episodes (200 minutes total) broadcast on 22 and 23 December 1991 on Canale 5, recording record ratings with over 6.5 million viewers and a share of 27.50%.
This first series was followed by four other television miniseries, always aired during the Christmas period, between 1992 and 1996 and an animated series from 1999. The TV series were produced by Reteitalia, directed by Lamberto Bava. The animated series was produced by the Spanish animation studio BRB Internacional.
Protagonists of the saga are Alessandra Martines, Kim Rossi Stuart, Brigitte Nielsen and Nicholas Rogers.
Here is the plot:
In an imaginary and pagan Middle Ages, two kingdoms have been fighting each other for centuries in an exhausting war, without either of them being able to prevail. In one of these two kingdoms, the queen, who has already given birth to two girls, dies after giving birth to a third creature. The king awaits a male heir, but, as prophesied by the oracle of the kingdom, the White Witch, a third female is born. Disappointed, the king attempts to sacrifice the child to the Sacred Beast in the Grotto of the Golden Rose. A lightning bolt thrown by the White Witch, however, destroys the sword with which the king was about to kill the child. The little girl is therefore brought back to the castle and is called Fantaghirò. Growing up, Fantaghirò immediately reveals himself to be a tomboy, and insists on taking care of matters that in the kingdom are reserved only for men, including reading and the use of weapons. The girl is thus the object of constant ridicule by her sisters and is subjected to inhuman punishments, such as isolation at the bottom of a well.
The ending of the fifth and final chapter of the saga is “open” and does not represent a true conclusion of the series. The producers were hoping in fact for a further continuation, which should also include a sixth and seventh chapter; these two miniseries were never made due to the dramatic drop in ratings recorded during the airing of I will fantasize 5 in Christmas 1996.
The project of a sequel, which should have been titled The return of Fantaghirò, was presented again to Mediaset by Lamberto Bava and Gianni Romoli in 2007 in Milan, following the constant pressure of fans of the series, who were disappointed by the end of the fifth episode. Alessandra Martines, Brigitte Nielsen in the role of the Black Witch and Nicholas Rogers, who played the character of Tarabas in the third and fourth part of the saga, had given the availability for the project. But the project never went through due to the co-production difficulties and the too high costs for its realization.
Source: Tom's Hardware by www.tomshw.it.
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