Well, we didn’t know this one was coming: they’re making a film about former-mobile-titan BlackBerry, and it’s going to star Glenn Howerton of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as the firm’s co-CEO, Jim Balsillie. According to The Globe and Mail, manufacturing wrapped this week, although when precisely the film will hit cinemas is unknown.
The film, merely titled BlackBerry, is primarily based on the 2015 e book Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of BlackBerry, by journalists Sean Silcoff and Jacquie McNish. According to its blurb, the e book focuses on “an unlikely partnership between a visionary engineer, Mike Lazaridis, and an abrasive Harvard Business school grad, Jim Balsillie” — the two founders of Research in Motion (RIM), which might later change into BlackBerry.
Canadian actor and comic Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up and voice of Hiccup Haddock in How to Train your Dragon) might be taking up the position of Lazaridis, however we should confess to being most excited to see Howerton as Balsillie. After all, who higher to play an “abrasive Harvard Business school grad” than the Golden God himself?
Given the quantity of movies and TV reveals about tech we’ve seen in latest years (together with The Dropout on Theranos and Super Pumped on Uber) it is sensible to deal with one of the market’s greatest and bumpiest rides. At its peak, BlackBerry bought almost half of all smartphones in the US, however the look of the iPhone and Android minimize its enterprise all the way down to nothing in a few years. Now, it exists as a zombie model — its title sometimes sold to OEMs to rebadge Android handsets and its own legacy devices unsupported.
As per The Globe, different notable solid members for the film embody Michael Ironside, Saul Rubinek, Martin Donovan, Rich Sommer, and Carey Elwes. The film is written and directed by Matt Johnson. “BlackBerry is the kind of movie I never thought I could make in this country, but it’s a bright new day for Canadian film,” Johnson advised The Globe in a press assertion. “Bold, director-driven cinema is back with the full force of the 1980s. Let’s go.”