With the success – at least financially – of the Angry Birds movie, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood looked to bring another mobile game with absolutely no narrative to the cinema screen to try and make a decent movie out of it all. And while Angry Birds made a lot of sense as it was a massive global franchise to be reckoned with and had some basic narrative, the next is even more puzzling, Fruit Ninja. Which is a considerably smaller property and has absolutely no story whatsoever. Mind you, this never stopped them in pursuing Tetris, Centipede and Missile Command films either.
According to reports by The Hollywood Reporter, it appears as if New Line Cinema has recently secured the film rights to this property. The report does not detail whether the studio plans to make it an animated film or a live-action adaptation. Not that either option makes a difference to how poor this idea sounds at the moment.
While I have nothing against the game, which can be quite fun if you have a few minutes to kill, it doesn’t exactly hold my interest for longer than that. So how they intend to hold an audience for a full 90 minutes or longer will be interesting (or painful).
The intended plan for the film so far, which has J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani (How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack) scheduled to write the screenplay, is set to revolve around a team of misfits who are recruited to become Fruit Ninjas in order to save the world. So, in other words – not much to work on at the moment. It’s the basic plot for almost every other movie.
And why slicing fruit makes a person a better ninja, makes me believe the world is under threat by a giant watermelon or some bandit grapes… I think they missed a potential spot to have them rather feature in a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs sequel instead.
I think just keeping Fruit Ninja adaptations as this, would’ve been perfect. Hollywood, ruining another good thing.
Last Updated: September 28, 2016