Developed by the Canadian company Research in Motion, the BlackBerry was one of the most popular smartphones on the market in the early 2000s. Elevation Pictures will bring the story of Blackberry’s meteoric rise and cataclysmic downfall in a new film starring Jay Baruchel (This is the end), Glenn Howerton (It’s always sunny in Philadelphia), and Cary Elwes (Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning).
That Blackberry the film does not yet have an official release date, but a press release from Elevation Pictures detailing their upcoming releases says the film will be released in the spring of 2023. You can see a first-look image of the film below.
Blackberry was directed by Matt Johnson (Operation Avalanche), who also wrote the screenplay with Matthew Miller (Nirvana The Band The Show). The film is based on Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff’s best-selling non-fiction book Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry. The heart of the story concerns the business relationship between co-CEO Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsille as the company begins to get mired in legal disputes and loses ground to competitors such as Apple and Samsung.
IFC Films acquired US distribution rights to Blackberry film last year, and IFC Films president Arianna Bocco said, “Years before the iPhone hit the market, there was a piece of technology so ubiquitous that even Obama couldn’t live without it. ‘BlackBerry’ will give audiences front row seats to the launch of a new age through the eyes of the boisterous tech pioneers who started it all. We’re excited to go on this wild ride with Matt Johnson and give the story of the first smartphone the platform it deserves.Matt Johnson added, “The origins of IFC Films are a dead-ringer match for the wild west beginnings of the first smartphone. Both exploded from 90s outsider culture with designs on changing the world. It’s a perfect home for ‘BlackBerry’ and I can’t wait for them to present this crazy story to the world.”
My very first mobile phone anyone kind of was a BlackBerry, and although the company officially stopped supporting products last year, it’s still sitting in a box on my shelf for no other reason than pure nostalgia… and laziness.