It’s amazing how the landscape can change in just a few years. Between 2009 and 2012, Blacberry was the smartphone manufacturer in the world. It was present in most markets, its interface was simple to use and its BBM messaging application was the first mobile alternative to MSN Messenger. However, today the company is practically non-existent and now someone is making a film about this tragedy.
Variety reported that Matt Johnson, Canadian director of films such as The Dirties and Operation Avalance is developing a film called “Blackberry”. The film will deal with everything that happened at Research in Motion, the Canadian company that manufactured the Blackberry, and will mark the milestones from the birth, the rise and eventual fall of the popular cell phone. The main focus of the film will be on the personal and business relationship that RIM co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie had.
“Blackberry” has already finished its production stage, so there is already a confirmed cast. Although it has not been specified whether they will bring the founders to life, the main actors will be Jay Baruchel (“This is the End" and Glenn Howerton (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia". They will be accompanied by Cary Elwes, Saul Rubinek, Rich Sommer, Martin Donovan, Michael Ironside and even Matt Johnson himself, the director.
On the other hand, the feature film is based on the book “Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry” by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff. Finally, it is produced by Rhombus Media, Zapruder Films, Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates and other smaller Canadian production companies.
Now, “Blackberry” will enter the post-production stage, while the producers and financing organizations will start looking for distributors to take it all over the world.
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