Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic is Shooting in Apple Creator's Real Garage
After falling away from Sony Pictures and getting picked up quickly at Universal Pictures, Danny Boyle's biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is finally happening. And the good news is that it's not just in development anymore, it's actually in production, and it's been shooting at a familiar location for those familiar with the career of Steve Jobs. The film written by Aaron Sorkin has been shooting in California, specifically Los Altos in the heart of Silicon Valley, at the real garage where Jobs grew up. It's the same garage where he and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976, and now it's been carefully recreated as a set.
CNET has the story, and they describe the set thusly:
"Cinderblock and wood shelves are pieced together along the walls. Roller skates, a Thermos, an old vacuum cleaner and 8-track player and stereo lay haphazardly about. An advertisement for a Braun electric coffee maker hangs on the wall, as does a poster featuring Bob Dylan holding a 'Get Born' sign from a film clip featuring the song 'Subterranean Homesick Blues.' And the house itself has been painted a beige color with darker tan trim, contrasting with the formerly lighter exterior."
Here's some pictures from the set as it was being finished (see more at CNET):
That's gotta be a pretty cool time capsule of sorts, especially in the exact same garage where Apple was founded, and to have it look exactly like it did nearly 40 years ago. This will obviously be a critical location in the film that is said to cover three major production introductions that were milestone achievements for Jobs and Apple: the Macintosh computer in 1984, the NeXT computer in 1988 and the iPod in 2001. With Boyle directing and Sorkin behind the script, this could be the definitive biopic about the technological innovator who changed personal computing as we know it. And the cast is great too.
Michael Fassbender is playing Jobs while Seth Rogen is playing his right hand man Steve Wozniak. In addition, Katherine Waterston is playing Chrisann, the first wife of Steve Jobs, Kate Winslet has been linked to the role of Joanna Hoffman, head of marketing for the Mac team, and Jeff Daniels will portray former Apple CEO John Sculley and Michael Stuhlbarg is Andy Hertzfeld, the computer scientist and inventor who was part of the original Apple development team that came up with Macintosh Operating System. With the film in production, we might hear some more casting news soon, so stay tuned.