Matt Johnson, the director of The Dirties (2013) and Operation Avalanche (2016), returns with his third feature film, BlackBerry. The latest biopic, based on Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff’s book Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind BlackBerry’s Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall, stars Jay Baruchel and Glenn Howerton in the lead roles.
BlackBerry had its world premiere at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival and will open in theaters on May 12th.
Two mismatched entrepreneurs – egghead innovator Mike Lazaridis and cut-throat businessman Jim Balsillie – joined forces in an endeavor that was to become a worldwide hit in little more than a decade. The device that one of them invented and the other sold was the BlackBerry, an addictive mobile phone that changed the way the world worked, played, and communicated. But just as BlackBerry was rising to new peaks, it also started losing its way through the fog of Smartphone wars, management indecision, and outside distractions, eventually leading to the breakdown of one of the most successful ventures in the history of the tech and business worlds.
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Direction: Matt Johnson
Screenplay: Matt Johnson, Matthew Miller
Based on: Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry by Jacquie McNish, Sean Silcoff
Starring: Glenn Howerton, Jay Baruchel, Matt Johnson, Rich Sommer, Michael Ironside, Martin Donovan, Michelle Giroux, SungWon Cho, Mark Critch, Saul Rubinek, and Cary Elwes.
Cinematography: Jared Raab
Music: Jay McCarrol
Editing: Curt Lobb
Release Date: May 12, 2023