11:07am PT by Tatiana Siegel
New Line Lands 'Fruit Ninja' Film Based on Game (Exclusive)
New Line has racked up the high score for Fruit Ninja.
The studio has landed the film rights to the addictive mobile game app that has become a staple on phones and tablets. The deal puts producer Tripp Vinson back in business with New Line. Vinson has a long history with New Line, having produced such films for the studio as the Journey to the Center of the Earth films. He most recently was an executive producer on New Line's action hit San Andreas.
J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani, the duo behind How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack at Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers and Sony Animation, are writing the script for Fruit Ninja, which will revolve around a team of misfits who are recruited to become Fruit Ninjas in order to save the world.
Vinson partnered with Halfbrick Studios and began developing the property as a live-action family comedy based on the best-selling game that revolves around ninjas who slice fruit at a rapid clip. Fruit Ninja is the second-highest-selling iOS game of all time, with over 1 billion downloads.
Sam White and Tara Farney are serving as executive producers. Alexis Ehrman will associate produce.
Lavin and Damiani, who penned the Black List script Kamikaze Love, are repped by Paradigm, Stephen Crawford at Industry Entertainment and Felker Toczek.