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The history of BlackBerry comes to the movies

The history of BlackBerry comes to the movies

Blackberry logo. (photo: REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

In recent years it has become common to read or hear that the story of blackberry deserves a movie. According to Variety, this week has finished filming a film chronicling the rise and fall of Research in Motion (RIM), the Canadian company that in its day was a leader and benchmark in the world market for smart phones until the arrival of iPhone Y Android.

The movie is called blackberry and stars Jay Baruchel and Glenn Howerton, while the director is Matt Johnson, who stands out for his independent productions and is known for directing 2016’s Operation Avalanche.

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So far no further details of the production have been revealed but it is speculated that Baruchel and Howerton would star Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. It must be remembered that the former co-founded RIM in 1984, while the latter joined in 1992. Once together, they co-managed the company until he left in 2012, while BlackBerry was already in crisis.

The film’s script is adapted from the book Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry. It was written by Canadian journalists Sean Silcoff and Jacquie McNish, and became a bestseller upon its publication in 2015. The film does not have a release date.

Blackberry logo.  (photo: REUTERS/Mark Blinch)
Blackberry logo. (photo: REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

what happened to blackberry

Of course, the BlackBerry movie will trace the history of Research in Motion and focus on its rise to the top in the early 2000s, as well as its subsequent demise.

It should not be forgotten that practically overnight, the mobile phones of the North American company went from being an object of desire and status symbols to devices obsolete.

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It has been said throughout history that some executives would have scoffed at the plans of Manzana after the launch of the iPhone and they thought that nobody preferred a virtual keyboard to a physical one. The rise of the iPhone and the global spread of Android quickly proved them wrong.

BlackBerry.  (photo: Gadwoman)
BlackBerry. (photo: Gadwoman)

When RIM tried to regain its lost position, It was already too late and all subsequent attempts to revive BlackBerry failed. It should be noted that the Canadian company has managed to rebuild itself as BlackBerry Limited, achieving great success in areas far from the mobile world, as the services of software and the cybersecurity business.

It remains to be seen whether the film will include the payback period under the direction of John Chen or simply focus on his rise and fall as the king of smartphones. It is clear that The choice of BlackBerry as the next story of the technological-business world on the big screen is not by chance.

In recent years, many products of this type have emerged, where the rapid growth of companies and the scandals of their protagonists are common denominators. This year alone, they have been seen in cases like Super Pumped (Uber), The Dropout (Theranos) and WeCrash (WeWork).

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The first mobile with internet connection in 1999

Before 2000 BlackBerry had already released a “smartphone” called BlackBerry 850 which had internet access, QWERTY keyboard and used double AA batteries.

Its design was similar to those of the then beeper (locator) with a rectangular size and a small calculator-like screen, although its system was completely innovative.

BlackBerry 850 marked a before and after.  (Photo: PrensaLibre)
BlackBerry 850 marked a before and after. (Photo: PrensaLibre)

Together with RIM it allowed they will arrive emails from anywhere in the world, creating the before and after in the history of technology.

Along with it, the PIN and BlackBerry Messengerits messaging system that allowed free communication between users, made a real revolution in the cell phone market, giving the first step to the smartphones that are known today.

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