The Creator – an audacious leap back into original Sci-Fi (movie: trailer).

Just when we thought we were permanently stuck in an endless loop of stale remakes, tired sequels, and overcooked comic book epics, along comes Gareth Edwards, the cinematic daredevil who has decided to buck the trend. You might remember him from ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’—he’s back, and he’s swapping galaxies far, far away for uncharted territory closer to home. SFcrowsnest readers, brace yourselves for an audacious leap back into the realm of original sci-fi with ‘The Creator‘.

In an era where it seems like we’ve seen it all, and then some, ‘The Creator‘ promises to be a refreshing palette cleanser, more akin to a taut thriller infused with cerebral sci-fi elements, far removed from the franchise-driven slushies we’ve been served lately. It’s a bold move for 20th Century Studios – after all, with a hefty budget of $86.1 million, that’s a lot of chips to put on a wild card.

The film’s star-studded lineup features John David Washington, who after a series of impressive roles, has firmly established himself as a compelling leading man. Joining him is the luminescent Gemma Chan, along with Ken Watanabe, an actor who’s no stranger to the genre, having previously worked with Edwards on ‘Godzilla’. The ensemble also includes Allison Janney, Sturgill Simpson, and the emerging talent Madeleine Yuna Voyles.

Amid a war-torn future where the human race is at odds with artificial intelligence, Washington’s character Joshua, a hardened ex-special forces agent, is tasked with hunting down the elusive AI architect known only as ‘The Creator’. Add in a vanished wife, a mysterious super weapon, and you have the recipe for a cinematic cocktail that could just be equal parts ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Terminator’ and ‘Ex Machina’, with a twist of Gareth Edwards.

Filmed in Thailand and visually mastered by the wizards at Industrial Light & Magic, ‘The Creator’ promises a breathtaking cinematic experience. Its release is scheduled for September 29, 2023, both in conventional theaters and IMAX. Let’s face it, no matter how adorable those PAW Patrol pups might be, they’re hardly a match for a clash between mankind and AI.

Following CinemaCon, where ‘The Creator’ received early praise for its exceptional production design—so good it made ‘Blade Runner look like child’s play’, the buzz around this film is palpable. It’s a welcome reprieve from the franchise fatigue that’s been plaguing the genre. Whether ‘The Creator’ will live up to its promise and truly be the game-changer we’ve been yearning for, remains to be seen.

So here’s to Gareth Edwards and 20th Century Studios for their bold move to revive the spirit of original sci-fi. It’s about time we celebrated innovation over imitation. After all, in the world of science fiction, isn’t pushing boundaries what it’s all about? So, SFcrowsnest faithful, get your popcorn ready, prepare to suspend disbelief, and buckle up for the thrilling ride that is ‘The Creator’. May it herald the renaissance of originality we’ve been eagerly waiting for.


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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