‘Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’ Script Might Be in The Works [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 23rd, 2013 at 10:37 pm,

Knights of the Old Republic Movie Script Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Script Might Be in The Works [Updated]

One of the 10 Star Wars spin-offs we at Screen Rant want to see is an adaptation of Knights of the Old Republic, the first installment in what has become of the largest video game properties under the LucasArts branch. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic released for the PC and original Xbox back in 2003 and remains one of the best Star Wars stories ever told. It’s based 4,000 years before the events of the Star Wars films in a time where Jedi and Sith are commonplace in society.

The game was a success in the eyes of fans and critics, and not long after its release there were rumors it could be adapted by Lucasfilm, potentially launching a movie series that would be entirely separate from the core Star Wars saga. Outside of the prequel trilogy, 3D re-releases and the animated Clone Wars series, the franchise film began to fade until last fall when Disney acquired Lucasfilm and began planning out what’s going to be an even bigger Star Wars saga going forward.

The latest scoop on that front – if we can call it that – comes from a mysterious and unsubstantiated email Harry Knowles of AICN received from what sounds like someone at the game developer BioWare, claiming that writer Drew Karpyshyn (of BioWare fame), one of the more popular writers of the video games industry, may be developing a screenplay for a Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) movie, based off the game series of the same name which he also helped write. Knowles’ last scoop about Yoda being the first character to get a solo Star Wars film has since proven false, and this scoop similarly has nothing official going for it.

Karpyshyn was the lead writer on Mass Effect 1 & 2, the first three Mass Effect novels, Jade Empire, Neverwinter Nights, Baldur’s Gate II and has written five Star Wars novels. He arguably wrote the best parts of the Mass Effect series and Mass Effect 3 suffered in terms of story without him. Really, he’s partly responsible for the greatest games in the developer’s library, but he retired from BioWare just over a year ago to pursue other projects, including screenwriting.

With Disney now in charge of Lucasfilm a decade later and planning to bring the brand back to the forefront with an annualized film franchise (similar to Marvel Studios) and a willingness to develop standalone Star Wars movies outside of the episodic saga, them tossing around ideas to eventually adapt KOTOR and potentially its sequels (KOTOR 2 and The Old Republic MMO) is expected at this point.

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Darth Malak 570x332 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Script Might Be in The Works [Updated]

Darth Malak in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Are execs at Lucasfilm and Disney considering Knights of the Old Republic as one of the many potential projects to develop for the Star Wars franchise? Yes, of course they are. There are five films already confirmed in development (Episodes 7-9 and Han Solo and Boba Fett spin-offs) and it’s likely that other hit Star Wars games like Shadows of the Empire and Force Unleashed are others at the “idea” stage as well.

That being said, KOTOR has a lot more going for it than a Yoda film and it’s a safe bet that players of the game(s) would much rather see the former realized if it came down to one over the other. The question is, would Disney want to invest in a film or series of films that are similar to the main saga, but entirely separate ? Would that be too confusing for moviegoers if KOTOR came out in between the main episodes?

[Like I said here and on Twitter, this isn’t true, verified by Drew Karpyshyn.]

Star Wars Episode 7 will hit theaters in 2015.


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Source: AICN

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  1. Please don’t let this happen. My dying wish would be that Disney pushes aside everything having to do with The Old Republic MMO and instead give Obsidian a second shot with KotOR 3. It doesn’t hurt to dream……

    • I absolutely agree, I want a single player KOTOR III

      • I’d play that… but after I get my X-Wing Alliance 2!

    • to my personal inside source i know for a fact that there working on writeing the story for the knights of the old republic as we speak weather it gets made into a movie all they need right now is to find DIRECTOR but there is a story being wrote

  2. I heard a rumor, there are going to be Light Sabres in the next Star Wars movie. Don’t quote me on that though……..

    • I heard a rumor that episode 7 will take place after Return of the Jedi….

  3. KOTOR I and II have been the best games i have ever played, and still play, I hope that they do make a movie out of it but more id want a KOTOR III rather than a movie!!

  4. I recognize Malak and Nihilus, who is the third “proto Vader” looking dude?

    • That is Darth Malgus, from the SWTOR MMO. He would be awesome in a Star Wars film.

  5. Great article. I think a boba fett spin off could be good but it would be much better to see there spin on the old republic, it would defiantly be more varied and interesting.

  6. I wanted a 3rd KOTOR as much as anybody. But rather than giving fans what they want, what did they do? They made an mmorpg set almost 400 years after KOTOR and came up with an absurd idea so they could have Revan & Exile cameos. I’d like to have a Jade Empire 2 (which might be better than KOTOR), but they’d just f**k that up!

    • Jade Empire 2 – yummy… :)

  7. i think they should definitely go for a sith favored film or two, Darth bane springs to mind…..’the rule of two’ etc, we know a lot about jedi origins but not nearly enough about the sith, i think it would be a crime not to show how the rule of two came about

  8. I should be Dart Malgus. My head is shaved and I would make a great Sith Lord!

  9. Most probably would confuse the general public if this came out in between 7, 8 & 9. So, most probably won’t happen. But…. if it does….. THE DRINKS ARE ON ME!!!

  10. Hopefully, the KOTOR franchise will be brought back with new games. KOTOR 3 single player is a must!
    Forget the oblivious SWTOR MMO. Other than wielding a lightsaber and having main char voice acting, is worthless.

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  12. YES PLEASE!!!! I want Knights of the Old Republic 3 and a Knights of the Old Republic movie desperately! When I was in the military every year for Christmas I got a week off, and I would play KOTOR and KOTOR II as tradition. I think KOTOR is even better than the original Star Wars franchise.