Whether you see it as a fun extension of a much loved app or a portent of the coming apocalypse heralding doom and pestilence across the land, the Fruit Ninja movie is happening. According to The Hollywood Reporter, rights to the sword slashing fruit salad game have been secured by New Line and a film adaption is officially in the works.
Employing some of the same swiping techniques as Tinder, Fruit Ninja is a test of reflexes, judgment and the patience of your loved ones. It involves chopping flying fruit without exploding the floating bombs deviously mixed up amid all the soaring vitamin C.
J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani (How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack) are developing the script for a story that will involve "a team of misfits who are recruited to become Fruit Ninjas in order to save the world".
Clearly not an obviously narrative led premise, but then again, as the likes of Battleship (2012) and Angry Birds have demonstrated, such movies rarely bear much resemblance to its source material anyway.
Producer Tripp Vinson (Journey To The Center Of The Earth) will be overseeing the project in conjunction with Australian developers Halfbrick Studios. He will be resuming a long-standing relationship with New Line and will no doubt be hoping the film bears fruit.