CANADIAN FILM TO CHRONICLE BLACKBERRY DEVICE AND THE COMPANY BEHIND IT

Aug 23, 2022

By Christine Ross

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TORONTO – The story of Canada’s tarnished pocket gem the BlackBerry is headed for the movies.

Producers say filming has wrapped on a feature-length production that recounts the rise and fall of the device once affectionately known as the CrackBerry among its most obsessed users.

“BlackBerry” centres around the masterminds at Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), the Waterloo, Ont.-based technology company responsible for creating what was once the world’s most popular smartphone brand, years before Apple’s iPhone came to market.

A representative for Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures says the film will co-star Glenn Howerton, cast member of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” as co-CEO Jim Balsillie, while Ottawa-born Jay Baruchel, known for the comedy “Knocked Up,” will play his business partner and company co-founder Mike Lazaridis.

“BlackBerry” is adapted from the non-fiction book “Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of BlackBerry,” written by Globe and Mail reporters Sean Silcoff and Jacquie McNish.

The film was shot largely in the Hamilton area by director Matt Johnson, whose previous work includes “The Dirties,” “Operation Avalanche” and TV docu-comedy “`Nirvanna the Band the Show.”

(The Canadian Press)

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