The founders of BlackBerry struggle to survive their own success
Mike Lazaridis and Douglas ‘Doug’ Fregin are friends developing a groundbreaking idea: putting e-mail capabilities into a mobile phone. The concept would be the winning idea of the early 2000s and revolutionize the budding tech industry. But before the meteoric rise of the company and its flagship product, the BlackBerry smartphone, the business needed a shot in the arm from cutthroat capitalist Jim Balsillie. As sales soared and the business thrived, the people behind the product grew isolated by their success and the multimillion-dollar empire began to crumble.
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Indie filmmaker Matt Johnson tackles the rise and fall of tech titan BlackBerry
Blackberry is a tech drama movie produced by Rhombus Media and Zapruder Films. The movie is based on the book Losing the Signal by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff which charts the rise and fall of the mobile phone company Blackberry. The movie is directed by Canadian filmmaker Matt Johnson, who is known for the independent conspiracy thriller Operation Avalanche. Johnson co-wrote the screenplay with Matthew Miller and stars in the movie as BlackBerry co-founder Douglas Fregin.
BlackBerry features Jay Baruchel portraying the original co-founder of the company, Mike Lazaridis. He is joined by Glenn Howerton who plays CEO Jim Balsillie. Cary Elwes, Saul Rubinek, Michael Ironside, Rich Sommer, SungWon Cho, and Michelle Giroux are in the expanded cast.
BlackBerry was released in cinemas in cinemas on 12th May 2023. Keep up to date with the latest streaming options, where you can watch BlackBerry online legally for free, and when the show is available in 4k by keeping track of the movie on JustWatch.
August 24, 2022
Glenn Howerton, Jay Baruchel, and Cary Elwes are all cast in the movie which is announced to feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie is confirmed to have wrapped production. (Source: Variety)
September 8, 2022
IFC Films confirmed that it had acquired distribution rights to the movie in the US market. (Source: Variety)
February 17, 2023
BlackBerry has an international debut at the Berlin Film Festival. (Source: Collider)
March 15, 2023
The trailer for the movie is released showing the sometimes strained relationship between co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin. (Source: YouTube)
May 12, 2023
BlackBerry was released in cinemas in cinemas. (Source: Deadline)