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A Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Film is Reportedly in the Works

According to a number of sources, some sort of adaptation of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is in the works from Lucasfilm.

May 23, 2019

In news that may be too good to be true, BuzzFeed News reports that a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic film is currently in the works from Lucasfilm. The report says that Laeta Kalogridis, creator of the Netflix series Altered Carbon, is writing the screenplay. Kalogridis has writing credits for Alita: Battle Angel, Terminator Genisys, and Shutter Island, and acted as an executive producer for Avatar.

This is referred to as a “KOTOR trilogy” by BuzzFeed News’ three sources—however, keep in mind that “The Old Republic” is a large time period of the Star Wars universe, and even if the report turns out to be accurate, it isn’t a guarantee for a straight film adaptation of the original Bioware RPG. Currently, players can inhabit that era through Bioware’s still-active MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Next in line from Lucasfilm is the trilogy and Skywalker saga capper The Rise of Skywalker from J.J. Abrams, after which the film series will take a short break. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, co-creators of Game of Thrones (which ended, uh, interestingly, if you ask the DualShockers staff) is working on a number of Star Wars films, the first slated for release in the holiday of 2022, but their projects aren’t believed to be KOTOR-related.

While Disney’s box office disappointment with Solo may have inspired “Star Wars fatigue” and prompted Disney to slow down with film releases, that doesn’t mean that Star Wars fans won’t let their imaginations run wild with potential film ideas. The Old Republic era, KOTOR specifically, opens up a host of a number of characters and plotlines that are ripe for a film adaptation. I just have doubts that Lucasfilm has interest in adapting an existing story, seeing how they discarded much of the Expanded Universe when it came time for Disney to make the film sequels.

Regardless, Kalogridis could very well bring characters like Bastila Shan, Darth Malak, and Darth Revan to the screen with a brand-new story inspired by the games, assuming that is the source for this apparent film project. Maybe this will fill in the void of a third game that never came, and maybe I’ll finally actually play KOTOR, seeing how it’s been sitting in my Steam library for years.

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In the video game sphere, EA and Respawn Entertainment have Jedi: Fallen Order, which EA has high expectations for, releasing later this year.

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Chris Compendio
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Chris is a writer currently based in the Philadelphia area. They are currently writing for film website Flixist, podcasting for Marvel News Desk, and were an editorial intern for Paste Magazine's gaming section. They graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a creative writing major.

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