With Lucasfilm’s announcement that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Benioff are set to helm a Star Wars movie series of their very own, an obvious question needs to be asked: will Knights of the Old Republic finally be adapted? The news comes less than three months after it was revealed that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson would be creating his own trilogy, one unrelated to the current, main storyline trilogy that will wrap up in 2019 with JJ Abrams’ Episode IX. All told, fans will see three separate Star Wars series unfold on the big screen within the next decade.
Those 6+ upcoming films only scratch the surface for what Lucasfilm has in store for the Star Wars universe, of course. A Han Solo movie hits theaters in May, and solo adventures for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett are also reportedly in development. When you factor in rumored spinoffs starring Yoda and Jabba the Hutt, as well as the litany of new TV shows in the works, it’s clear that fans had no idea what they were in for when Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012.
But even with all the Star Wars content that Disney and Lucasfilm currently have in development, we’ve still yet to hear much of anything regarding an adaptation set within the era of The Old Republic. Set thousands of years before the original trilogy, this time period shot to popularity thanks to the beloved video game, Knights of the Old Republic. Introducing fan favorite characters like Revan and Darth Malak, among countless others, it’s widely regarded as one of the best games ever made. Its subsequent sequels (Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords and the MMORPG The Old Republic) debuted to widespread acclaim as well. So why isn’t a live-action movie set in The Old Republic being fast tracked by Lucasfilm? Patience, you must have. Because not only do we think Benioff and Weiss’ new film series should adapt some version of KotOR, but we even have reason to believe that it will.
Legends Are Rising
Disney’s decision to clear several millennia of established canon from the Star Wars record books didn’t go over too well when it was first announced in 2014. The great purge of the Expanded Universe (now known as Legends) was an unpopular decision to say the least, but as you may have noticed, the Lucasfilm Story Group hasn’t shied away from reintroducing various elements from the EU back into canon. Several notable characters have been returned to the newly established continuity, and many more are apparently on the way.
In the last year alone, Star Wars Rebels alluded to the Mandalorian Wars, while The Last Jedi included a subtle reference to Darth Revan, both of which hail from the Old Republic Era. Lucasfilm has made it clear that just because the EU as a whole is no longer canon doesn’t mean that they can’t pick and choose characters and storylines to adapt at will.
What does this mean for David Benioff and DB Weiss’ movies? It means that they’ll likely be given the freedom to take a similar approach to shaping their films that superhero movies have taken with the comics. Captain America: Civil War took its name and basic premise from the Civil War comic, but it treated the source material as an influence rather than a concrete template. With the EU character floodgates reportedly set to open in the coming months, as long as it doesn’t interfere too heavily with other upcoming projects, Weiss and Benioff will be given the green light when it comes to adapting Legends characters into their new movie series. This bodes well for KotOR and Old Republic era supporters.
And since KotOR and The Old Republic itself are set so long before any of the cinematic trilogies, their impact on the more modern Star Wars tales would be minimal and of no real concern. Disney/Lucasfilm/Benioff & Weiss can have their cake and eat it too, and rest assured: this is definitely a cake they want to get their hands on.
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