Why Does The Old Republic Make a Good Film Setting?
The Old Republic as a setting is chocked full of stories worth exploring in films. For starters, the original Jedi temple and creation of the Jedi Council in and of itself could be shown on the big screen for the very first time. When we see the Order in the prequel trilogy we get to see the Jedi at full-strength with large numbers, but we never learn how they got to that point. Furthermore, the Dark Side of the force is all but non-existent for the most part.
The Old Republic would be an opportunity to show a powerful Empire (similar to that of the original Star Wars trilogy) that is being directly challenged by a powerful order of Jedis. For once, we could see two superpowers facing off in a way that we really haven't yet beyond a few choice scenes in the prequel trilogy.
Hollywood loves a good origin story and you don't get much bigger than the origin of the Jedi and Sith. In this way, the new trilogy could tackle events prior to even The Old Republic era and then eventually lead into that setting which could be covered in the new animated series, or even another, fifth trilogy of films.
The Old Republic era is so popular there's even a petition with over 200,000 signatures to start a Netflix series in that universe already.
How Likely is an Old Republic Trilogy?
None of this matters though if Disney and Rian Johnson aren't even considering The Old Republic era. However, there is some evidence to suggest that they might. For starters, Star Wars Rebels casually confirmed that The Old Republic era (specifically the Mandalorian Wars, which birthed Darth Revan himself) did in fact happen and are canon earlier this year. That lays the ground work.
The Old Republic's games, comics, and books also make a good effort to explain and highlight key moments from galactic history, many events of which took place far before even The Old Republic's setting, which proves that the powers-that-be behind Star Wars have given a lot of thought to things not officially shown in films or TV shows. When you consider the fact that trailers for The Last Jedi are now showing hints at the first Jedi temple and several old historical documents that could contain information about the founding of the Jedi and Republic itself, taking us back a few thousand years doesn't seem so far-fetched.
When you consider that Disney's statement hints that the trilogy will cover areas of Star Wars lore never before explored, we can surmise that they very well may take place during The Old Republic, or even earlier, to show the founding, origin, and beginnings of the Jedi, Sith, and Force as we know it.
What do you think about this news? There is no release window for the new film trilogy, although we can assume it will be 2020 or later since Episode IX isn't slated to release until 2019. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!