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‘The Creator’: Director Gareth Edwards On A.I. And The Unintentional Timeliness Of His New Film

Gareth Edwards’ new sci-fi blockbuster The Creator is finally in theaters. While it is a work of science fiction, there are some alarming parallels to some of the issues society is currently facing. More specifically, the film explores the danger that Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) poses to society.

The asks what would happen if, instead of limiting its influence on our lives, we continued to push its potential. The answer(s) provided in Edwards work surely won’t spook most viewers. However, it’s hard to imagine it not raising at least some alarms in the scientific community.

While doing press for the film, Edwards was asked about the ethics of doing a story about A.I. at a time where it’s become such a hot button issue, specifically in Hollywood. But he answered honestly.

“I started writing this in 2018,” he said, “when A.I. was up there with flying cars and living on the moon. It was like something maybe you would see in your lifetime – probably not.”

He went on to say that society has been filled with inventions and technological breakthroughs that people were scared of at first. “Electricity, computers, the internet – they always had seismic changes on industries. [When] there’s a big bump in the road we have to get over,” he said.

When the dust finally settles,” he added, “I think we all look back and go, ‘I’m glad we have electricity. You know, I’m glad we have computers. I’m glad we have the internet. And I think this will be another one.”

Edwards admitted that the invention still isn’t perfect, calling it still “a little tricky,” but he affirmed that it is such a powerful tool with so much potential it’s impossible to ignore.

“I think the positives are gonna outweigh the negatives,” he added, before joking that he is only trying to get on A.I.’s good side.

“When the robot apocalypse actually happens, they’ll have this recording and they’ll know. And I won’t be enslaved like you guys,” he said.

READ: ‘The Creator’ Director Gareth Edwards On Creating Films With Heart

The Creator stars John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe, Sturgill Simpson, newcomer Madeleine Yuna Voyles and Allison Janney.

Set amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, it follows Joshua (Washington), a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife (Chan), who is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war…and mankind itself. Joshua and his team of elite operatives’ journey across enemy lines, into the dark heart of AI-occupied territory, only to discover the world-ending weapon he’s been instructed to destroy is an AI in the form of a young child (Voyles). 

The film is directed by Gareth Edwards (Rogue One), with a screenplay by Gareth Edwards and Chris Weitz (Pinocchio) from a story by Gareth Edwards. The producers are Gareth Edwards, p.g.a., Kiri Hart, Jim Spencer, p.g.a., and Arnon Milchan. The executive producers are Yariv Milchan, Michael Schaefer, Natalie Lehmann, Nick Meyer, and Zev Foreman.

The Creator is in theaters now.

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