A movie based on the mobile game Fruit Ninja is officially on the way.
News broke back in May that producer Tripp Vinson was lining up a big-screen adaptation, and now there’s a big-time studio attached.
According to THR, New Line Cinema has acquired the film rights to the hugely successful mobile game app. This marks a continuation of the studio’s working relationship with Tripp Vinson; previous collaborations include Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and the Dwayne Johnson disaster pic San Andreas.
The film will tell of a team of misfits who are recruited and tasked to save the world by becoming Fruit Ninjas. No further details have been released thus far.
The screenplay comes from J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani, who are also behind the in-the-works How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, currently set up at Sony Animation and Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers.
The Fruit Ninja game, developed by Halfbrick Studios in Brisbane, Australia, has been downloaded over 1 billion times, making it the second-highest-selling iOS game ever.
This year’s The Angry Birds Movie proved that audiences will go to the movies to see a big-screen adaptation of a mobile game. The CG-animated film raked in $US346.4 million worldwide on a production budget of $US73 million.
We’ll keep you informed on how the Fruit Ninja movie comes to fruition.