The rise and fall of what was once Canada’s most valuable company is on the big screen. reports: Blackberry will tell the story of Research in Motion (RIM), a company based in Waterloo, Ant., creators of the title device, which for a time was the most popular smartphone in the world. The film stars Canadian actor Jay Baruchel as company co-founder Mike Lazaridis and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Glenn Howerton as co-CEO Jim Balsillie. The film was adapted from the 2015 book Loss of Signal: The Exciting Rise and Fall of BlackBerry by Sean Silkoff and Jackie McNish. Toronto’s Matt Johnson directs and also appears in the film as RIM’s other co-founder, Doug Fregin. The cast also includes Cary Elwes, Saul Rubinek and Michael Ironside.

RIM was founded in 1984 by business partners Lazaridis and Fregin, who previously worked together on a failed LED sign business. After a decade of involvement in various other technology projects, they turned their attention to the two-way communication systems that became the basis for the BlackBerry device.

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