THE CREATOR Director Shares The Revolutionary Power of Sci-Fi in Questioning Reality

'The Creator' director, Gareth Edwards, delves into the transformative power of science fiction and its ability to challenge societal norms.
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Gareth Edwards, the visionary director behind The Creator, has always been a beacon in the world of science fiction. During the press conference, he delved deep into the essence of the genre and its unparalleled ability to challenge societal norms and beliefs.

The Allure of Sci-Fi

A scene still from 20th Century Studios’ THE CREATOR. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2023 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

During the press conference, moderator Jamie Graham from Total Film UK talked about Edwards’ love of sci-fi and asked about his belief is the genre’s unique ability to question reality. Edwards firs responds about his love of Sci-Fi.

“I think it’s probably two main reasons. I’m not sure. One of them is, like, growing up with Star Wars and being promised this amazing world with spaceships and robots. And then you kind of realize it’s not true and that’s not gonna happen.”

-Gareth Edwards, Director of ‘The Creator’-

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The allure of a world filled with spaceships and robots, as painted by iconic movies like Star Wars, has always been a driving force for many. For Edwards, the realization that such a world might never come to fruition led him to create his own narratives, much like his inspirations.

The Twilight Zone: A Lesson in Perception

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John David Washington as Joshua in 20th Century Studios’ THE CREATOR. Photo by Oren Soffer. © 2023 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Edwards further elaborated on the influence of The Twilight Zone, a show that had a profound impact on his understanding of storytelling:

“And so, the second-best thing is, like, I’ll become a liar, like George Lucas, and I’ll create these, like, stories for kids to grow up with. But then the other main reason is my favorite TV show growing up was The Twilight Zone, you know, the Rod Serling in black and white TV show. And what’s so good about those stories is they change one aspect of real life.”

-Gareth Edwards, Director of ‘The Creator’-

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The beauty of The Twilight Zone lies in its ability to alter one’s perception of reality by changing just one element. This unique approach challenges viewers to question their long-held beliefs and confront the truths they’ve always taken for granted.

Sci-Fi: A Mirror to Society

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A scene still from 20th Century Studios’ THE CREATOR. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2023 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Diving deeper into the transformative power of science fiction, Edwards expanded how altering the world allows for the steadfast to see their views in a different perspective.

“And you can live and die and have the same views the entire time. But when you change some aspect of the world to be, like, an extreme, like, one element just gets flipped on its head, whatever it may be, you suddenly realize a lot of the things you thought were true start to not work and be wrong. And it makes you question, like, what your beliefs are.”

-Gareth Edwards, Director of ‘The Creator’-

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Science fiction, in its essence, serves as a mirror to society. By presenting an altered reality, it forces individuals to re-evaluate their beliefs and confront the uncertainties of life.

AI: The New Frontier

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Considering The Creator’s subject matter, Edwards was apt and talked a bit on the subject of artificial intelligence but also how it was used more to highlight a different topic in the film.

“And so, like, in this, we were using AI as a kind of metaphor for people who are different to yourself. And that’s how it started. But then obviously in the last year or so, it’s become quite a reality. And it’s gotten very surreal.”

-Gareth Edwards, Director of ‘The Creator’-

The rapid advancements in AI technology have blurred the lines between fiction and reality. For filmmakers like Edwards, it presents an opportunity to explore the complexities of human relationships in a world dominated by machines.

See Sci-Fi’s power to question reality when The Creator releases in theaters on September 29, 2023.

About The Creator

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Release Date: September 29, 2023
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cinematography: Greig Fraser and Oren Soffer
Producers: Kiri Hart, Arnon Milchan, and Jim Spencer
Screenplay: Gareth Edwards and Chris Weitz
Executive producers: Zev Foreman, Natalie Lehmann, Nick Meyer, and Yariv Milchan
Cast: John David Washington, Madeleine Yuna Voyles, Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe, Allison Janey, Amar Chadha-Patel, Ralph Ineson, and Sturgill Simpson

Amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, Joshua, a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife, 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.

What are your thoughts on Gareth Edwards’ perspective on science fiction? Do you believe that sci-fi has the power to challenge our beliefs? How do you think AI will shape the future of storytelling? Share your thoughts with us on social media!

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