Gareth Edwards, known for his work on “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Godzilla,” is preparing to release his latest film, “The Creator.” Unlike the ongoing battles in Hollywood over artificial intelligence (AI), Edwards offers a fresh take on the subject with his own big-screen version of the war between humans and AI.
Starring John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Allison Janey, and newcomer Madeleine Voyles, “The Creator” follows the story of a robot with world-ending power, portrayed as a young child. Although Edwards initially tried to avoid specifying a date for the futuristic war, he eventually settled on setting it in 2070. However, he now admits that recent events have made him question his decision. The film’s setup coincides eerily with the events of the past few months.
While discussing the movie, Edwards shared that he drew inspiration from films like “Blade Runner” and “Apocalypse Now.” He took a unique approach to filming by shooting in 80 different locations worldwide with minimal green screen work. The script, written in 2018, initially seemed like a far-off reality to Edwards. However, the developments of the past year have brought AI to the forefront, making the story feel more relevant than ever.
“The Creator” delves into thought-provoking questions, exploring the nature of AI and its relationship with humanity. Edwards expressed pride in the film’s exploration of themes surrounding AI, such as questions of consciousness, autonomy, and control. The movie challenges the audience to consider whether AI beings possess a sense of reality and how far our willingness to control them should go.
In a surprising turn of events, Edwards shared insights into the casting process, revealing that he first met John David Washington during a dinner where the actor surprised him by wearing a Star Wars mask. For the role of the young AI star, Madeleine Voyles, the production team conducted an extensive open casting call and found Voyles, whom Edwards referred to as a “director’s dream.”
During location scouting in Thailand, Edwards stumbled upon a particle accelerator lab. Initially denied permission to shoot there, the staff quickly changed their minds upon discovering Edwards’ involvement in “Rogue One.” The lab’s nuclear physicists even enthusiastically participated in one of the film’s scenes.
“The Creator” was recently showcased at an IMAX screening event in Los Angeles attended by Edwards and the film’s cast. The event was broadcasted to theaters across the country, with screenings in New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Toronto, Seattle, Washington D.C., and San Francisco, all selling out. Audiences can experience “The Creator” in theaters starting September 29th.
1. What is “The Creator” about?
“The Creator” is a film directed by Gareth Edwards that explores the war between humans and artificial intelligence (AI). It follows the story of a robot with world-ending power in the form of a young child.
2. When was “The Creator” filmed?
The filming for “The Creator” took place in various locations worldwide, utilizing minimal green screen work. The production wrapped up before the COVID-19 pandemic.
3. Who stars in “The Creator”?
The film stars John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Allison Janey, and newcomer Madeleine Voyles in key roles.
4. What inspired Gareth Edwards while making the film?
Gareth Edwards drew inspiration from films like “Blade Runner” and “Apocalypse Now” when creating “The Creator.” These influences can be seen in the film’s themes and visual style.
5. Can you provide more information about the IMAX screening event?
The IMAX screening event for “The Creator” took place in Los Angeles and was broadcasted to theaters across the country. It featured key scenes from the film and a Q&A session with Gareth Edwards and the cast. The event was highly popular, with all participating theaters selling out.