‘Fruit Ninja’ Video Game Movie Goes to New Line

Film based on mobile game was written by J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani

Last Updated: September 23, 2016 @ 11:46 AM

New Line has won the film rights to “Fruit Ninja,” a movie based on a popular and self-explanatory mobile game featuring ninjas who chop fruit with different blades.

The script was written by J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani, who were behind Sony Animation’s “How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.”

Producer Tripp Vinson partnered with the game‘s developer, Australia’s Halfbrick Studios, to develop a live-action adaptation of the game, which was a Top 5 Worldwide seller in 2015, per mobile analyst App Annie.

Vinson produced the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” films for New Line and was also an executive producer on “San Andreas.”

Video game movies have had a mixed track record, but Sony’s “Angry Birds Movie” has reeled in $346 million worldwide since its May 20 release.

Sony is also developing a film about emoji, the ubiquitous internet communication icons that have become their own language of sorts.

Legendary’s “Warcraft,” based on the “World of Warcraft” video game series, made $434 million worldwide, with more than half of that from China.

Sam White and Tara Farney are serving as executive producers on “Fruit Ninja,” while Alexis Ehrman will associate produce.

Lavin and Damiani are represented by Paradigm, Stephen Crawford at Industry Entertainment and Felker Toczek.

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