Gareth Edwards, known for his work on films such as “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Godzilla,” is now set to release his own big-screen version of the war between humans and artificial intelligence (AI) with his new film, “The Creator.” The film, which Edwards wrote and directed, features an ensemble cast including John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Allison Janey, and newcomer Madeleine Voyles, who plays a powerful robot in the form of a young child.
At an IMAX screening and Q&A event in Los Angeles, Edwards jokingly mentioned that he got lucky with the timing of the film’s release, as it falls within a “sweet spot window” before the predicted robot apocalypse. He noted that he set the film in 2070, trying to avoid putting a specific date, but now admits that setting it in 2023 would have been more fitting given the recent advancements in AI technology.
The film explores the idea of a war with AI and seeks to answer the question of why humanity would be at odds with this technology. Edwards mentioned that when they first pitched the movie, people were skeptical of the concept, believing that AI would bring great benefits. However, recent events have shown that there can be real concerns and conflicts with AI technology, aligning with the film’s premise. Edwards jokingly urged audiences to see the film before November, hinting at the potential enslavement by AI.
In creating “The Creator,” Edwards drew inspiration from films like “Blade Runner” and “Apocalypse Now.” The film was shot in 80 different locations around the world, with minimal green screen work. Edwards first wrote the script in 2018 when AI advancements seemed like a distant reality. However, as the technology rapidly progressed, the themes explored in the film became more relevant and thought-provoking.
The film delves into complex ideas about the nature of AI. Edwards discussed the questions that arose during the scriptwriting process, such as whether AI can be considered real or how one would know. Ethical considerations, such as turning off AI if they go against human interests, also played a significant role in shaping the film’s premise. Edwards emphasized that the exploration of these themes became one of the film’s strongest aspects, and he is proud of how they were portrayed.
In terms of casting, Edwards revealed that he first met with John David Washington during the pandemic, where the actor showed up wearing a “Star Wars” mask. For the role of the young AI star, the team held an open casting call and discovered Madeleine Voyles, whom Edwards described as a “director’s dream.”
During scouting in Thailand, Edwards stumbled upon a particle accelerator lab that he wanted to shoot in. Initially, the lab denied his request, but when they found out he directed “Rogue One,” they changed their minds and even asked if their staff could be in the film. As a result, the lab’s nuclear physicists ended up playing background actors in one scene.
The fan event for “The Creator” took place live at the AMC Century City IMAX Theatre in Los Angeles and was simultaneously screened at nine other IMAX theaters across the country. The event was sold out, demonstrating the anticipation for the film’s release. “The Creator” is set to hit theaters on September 29th.
In conclusion, Gareth Edwards’ “The Creator” explores the war between humans and AI in a futuristic setting. The film tackles complex questions about the nature of AI and its potential conflicts with humanity. Edwards drew inspiration from films like “Blade Runner” and “Apocalypse Now” and filmed at various locations worldwide to create an immersive experience. The film boasts an ensemble cast led by John David Washington and rising star Madeleine Voyles. With its thought-provoking themes and timely subject matter, “The Creator” is poised to captivate audiences and spark conversations about the future of AI.