Following the success of The Angry Birds Movie this summer, New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to another popular mobile game, Fruit Ninja. The studio has brought on screenwriters J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani to write the script, with Tripp Vinson set to produce. Unlike The Angry Birds Movie, though, this project will be a live-action adaptation.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that producer Tripp Vinson teamed up with Halfbrick Studios, the creators of the mobile game, to develop this live-action movie. The game centers on ninjas who slice and dice fruit at a rapid pace. This movie adaptation will center on a group of misfits who are recruited to become Fruit Ninjas in an effort to save the world.
Fruit Ninja was first released for the iPhone and iPod devices in April 2010, before rolling out to other Android and Windows devices later that year. The game has players swiping on their devices to slice the fruit as it appears on the screen. The game went on to become the second-highest selling iOS game of all time, with over 1 billion downloads.
Tripp Vinson will produce, with Sam White and Tara Farney serving as executive producers and Alexis Ehrman serving as associate produce. Tripp Vinson has previously produced 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and last year's blockbuster San Andreas with New Line Cinema. He is also producing an upcoming TV series based on the Best Picture Oscar winner The Departed.
New Line hasn't set a release date for this Fruit Ninja movie, and it isn't clear when production will begin. Writers J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani made the Black List in 2007 for their screenplay Kamikaze Love. The also wrote How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, which is set up at Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers and Sony Animation