An AI program wrotes a well-received script for the next Star Wars film in the lengthy series.

AI’s First Star Wars Episode Has the Force of Humorous Errors in It

As we continue our series on what AI can and cannot write well, today we present a successful write-up on what AI wrote about how it views Star Wars.  and writer Adam Bentz present a small but intriguing story concerning AI and creative writing.

If you ever wondered what Star Wars: Episode X would be like if the script were written by AI, the YouTube channel Blue Bantha Milk Co. has your answer.

After over 40 years in the making, the Skywalker Saga, which began with George Lucas’s original Star Wars in 1977, ended in 2019 with Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker to a mixed reception from fans.  The main issue with Episode IX is it left many questions unanswered, such as Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke’s backstories not being adequately told. Actors John Boyega (Finn), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) were unhappy with decisions made regarding their characters. The Last Jedi was notably the most criticized among the sequels, mostly for Rian Johnson’s treatment of Luke as a character. Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) slipped into the final episode was also criticized.

Despite disappointment with aspects of the sequel trilogy, Star Wars remains in demand, and its fans want more.

“Blue Bantha Milk Co. embarked on an extraordinary project that involved training artificial intelligence to create an entire Star Wars movie script. Using the custom text generator InferKit, the team behind the YouTube channel fed the AI bot a brand new opening crawl and the scripts for Episodes I to IX.”

After hours of editing the program’s major errors and running it back through, the bot finally spit out a full script for the next installment in the beloved franchise, titled A New Light Rises. Blue Bantha Milk Co. will even be live-streaming a virtual table read of the script, and you can watch part one below:

With A.I. systems evolving and improving their ability to generate the written word, AI scriptwriting is a trend that might stick around. While these programs are greatly flawed and “mainly used for entertainment,” they show the glimmers of potential.

As reported recently, an AI-written story asked the question: Are you scared yet human? We say there’s no need to be scared yet, since AI-authored works tend to be more quirky and weird than serious or good. But for insatiable Star Wars fans, it may be the entertainment they’re looking for.