Sci-fi is the best genre for most movie fans. From Stanley Kubrick to Christopher Nolan, Hollywood directors have given some really interesting movies that leave the audience scratching their heads. The obvious nature of the genre definitely uses a lot of technology to give it the futuristic look and feel. But, that’s past. There is one upcoming sci-fi movie that took movie making to a whole new level. It will be casting an AI robot named Erica in the lead role.
At first glance, it might sound unreal. But, trust us, this is as real as Twitter dismissing the “racist baby” video posted by Trump.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ‘b’, which is the title of the movie, will feature a Japanese robot named Erica in the lead role. The movie that is allotted a budget of $70 million is currently under works. Creators Tarek Zodhy, Sam Khoze, and Eric Pham have collaborated with famous production houses like Happy Moon Productions, Bandit Capital Media, and Ten Ten Global Media to develop the project.
About Erica, the AI Robot
Erica was initially a research designed to study the interaction between robots and humans. Created in 2015 by two Japanese scientists, this AI robot is one of the few artificially intelligent robots that understands language and can exhibit-read a lot of facial expressions.
The movie follows the story of a scientist who develops a new program to perfect human DNA. Soon he realizes that the program has a lot of dangers associated with it. He finally decides to help Erica, the AI robot he designed, escape.
A casting like never before, the movie stars ‘Erica’, an AI robot created by Japanese scientists Hiroshi Ishiguro and Kohei Ogawa. The invention caught the eye of Khoze and Zohdy, and they ended up writing a whole movie story based on her.
Khoze explains, “In other methods of acting, actors involve their own life experiences in the role. But Erica has no life experiences. She was created from scratch to play the role. We had to simulate her motions and emotions through one-on-one sessions, such as controlling the speed of her movements, talking through her feelings, and coaching character development and body language.”
Khoze reveals how the inventors taught her to act so she could play the role. Furthermore, the creators used the principle of “method acting” to instill the skill into her robot mind.
Hollywood, like other movie and entertainment industries around the world, has been also struggling to reopen. Industry experts are planning to include numerous guidelines on how to start filming amid the outbreak. Going forward, actors and other members of the set will be tested at regular intervals before and during shoots.
‘b’ obviously will have less to care about, since the protagonist is totally immune to any kind of life-threatening disease.
Filming hasn’t begun for the movie yet, and they are yet to select other actors of the cast. However, the proposed production is expected to start in 2021.
Where filmmaking is heading
They say AI will replace most of the jobs in the far-fetched future. Little did we expect that it might totally replace the main actor or actress or a movie, and so quickly.
Clearly the gigs an artificially superintelligent robot can perform is truly unimaginable.
This also gives us some hint about where technological advancements are leading for filmmaking. Films have always been very futuristic and ahead of their times. In fact, there are many modern technologies around you that were first shown in movies. Moviemakers have been able to think and realize concepts that have given new directions to scientists.
With this new advancement of using AI robots in movie making, the industry might change in interesting ways in the days to come.