Movies about technology companies had their heyday with the many stories told about Steve Jobs, and more recently about Uber, Theranos or WeWork. Now it’s time to tell the story of blackberrythe cell phone that captivated a generation, long before the reign of the iPhone.
The film, simply titled blackberryis based on the 2015 book Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of BlackBerry journalists Sean Silcoff and Jacquie McNish. According to its blurb, the book centers on “an unlikely partnership between a visionary engineer, Mike Lazaridis, and an abrasive Harvard Business School graduate, Jim Balsillie,” the two founders of Research in Motion (RIM), who it would later become BlackBerry.
The film will star Glenn Howerton from It’s Always Sunny in Philly as the company’s co-CEO, Jim Balsillie. According to The Globe and Mailproduction wrapped this week, though it’s unknown when exactly the film will hit theaters.
Canadian actor and comedian Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up and voice of Hiccup Haddock in How to Train your Dragon) will take on the role of Lazaridis.
According to GlobeOther notable cast members from the film include Michael Ironside, Saul Rubinek, Martin Donovan, Rich Sommer, and Carey Elwes. The film is written and directed by Matt Johnson. «blackberry It’s the kind of movie I never thought I could make in this country, but it’s a bright new day for Canadian cinema,” Johnson told Globe in a press release. “Audacious, director-driven cinema is back with the full force of the 1980s. Come on.”