Fruit Ninja Movie is coming to the Big Screen!
After Angry Birds earned more than $300 million at the box office, it was only a matter of time before other studios decided to jump on the bandwagon to adapt mobile phone games. The next one? Fruit Ninja.
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 Cinemas has snapped up the rights to turn the mobile game — which lets its users slice fruit in half with a swipe of the finger — into a film. J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani will write the script, which The Hollywood Reporter says will “revolve around a team of misfits who are recruited to become Fruit Ninjas in order to save the world.”
Expect plenty of fruit juice merchandising tie-ins when this eventually hits theaters.