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First AI-Written Movie’s Theatrical Premiere Cancelled

‘The Last Screenwriter’ is the first film to be entirely written by AI, and was set for a limited theatrical premiere which has now been cancelled, after it received 200 pre-release public complaints.

Whether or not AI can make movies is the question that is dividing Hollywood. It was the key issue during the Hollywood Strike, which took place last year and saw screenwriters wanting protection against AI use.

This film was scheduled for a limited showing at The Prince Charles Cinema in London, England. It was scheduled to be shown on June 23.

This premiere would’ve been the first for a feature film written completely by AI, according to the UK’s The Daily Beast.

The cinema received 40 complaints on the first day after promotion, and another 160 complaints overnight. Due to this, the premiere has been cancelled.

The film’s team explained it began as an experiment and question; can machines replace humans in art and storytelling?

Spotlight Media Productions said, “What started out as an experiment quickly turned into an ambitious project. We wanted to find out if artificial intelligence is able to write an entire feature film and how good this film would be if produced by a professional team.”

The whole script was written by AI, more specifically ChatGPT 4.0, based on prompts that came from the team. The team proceeded to select the best sequences.

The rest of the movie was produced with real actors, cameras, editing, and more.

The blurb of the film says, “Jack, a celebrated screenwriter, finds his world shaken when he encounters a cutting-edge AI scriptwriting system. Initially skeptical, he soon realises the AI not only matches his skills, but even surpasses him in empathy and understanding of human emotions. Torn between his pride and fear of obsolescence, Jack is offered a chance to write a film solely with the AI.”

The film was only going to be shown during the planned limited premiere in London and was not meant for a wide cinema release.

The director, Peter Luisi said, “If screenwriters take the time to watch the film and read about the process and why we made this film, I can’t imagine they will condemn us or me because I am one of them.”

“I could probably make a lot of money from this film, but I choose not to because I don’t want people to say: ‘You’re profiting from our misery, and you’re using this as a marketing tool to make money.’ I want to do this as a contribution.”

For those who are interested in seeing this film, it’s set for home viewing release on July 11. It will be free to watch.

See the trailer down below.

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