A video game developed in Brisbane that has been downloaded over one billion times is being adapted into a live-action Hollywood film.
Fruit Ninja was developed by Halfbrick Studios in Brisbane and released in 2010, and has since become the second-highest-selling iOS game of all time.
Statistically, there’s a good chance you’ve had the game on your iPhone, iPad or Android OS device at some point — and if you haven’t, you’ve probably played the addictive fruit-slicing game on the Xbox 360, or in arcades.
Now, Halfbrick Studios is teaming with producer Tripp Vinson (of Vinson Films) and writers JP Lavin and Chad Damiani to bring the concept to the movies.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the live-action family comedy will centre on “ninjas with an inexplicable vendetta against produce”.
It seems hard to believe that a game like Fruit Ninja could really translate into a feature-length film, but then again, The Angry Birds Movie — based on the other ubiquitous smartphone game — is currently sitting atop the North American box office.
At least Fruit Ninja writers JP Lavin and Chad Damiani have some notches on their belts — their first script, Kamikaze Love, ended up on the annual Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays, and their latest, Garden Gnome Attack, is currently being developed by Hollywood powerhouse Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers and SonyAnimation.
Luke Muscat, the former creative director of Halfbrick Studios widely credited as the creator of their two most popular games, Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, left the company last year to form game development startup Prettygreat with fellow Halfbrick veterans Phil Larsen and Hugh Walters.
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