A Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic script is reportedly in the works at Lucasfilm, written by Avatar producer Laeta Kalogridis. The hugely successful Knights of the Old Republic games were launched in 2003, and were set 4,000 years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope.
To this day, Knights of the Old Republic is still widely regarded as the best Star Wars game of all time. It was set before the time of Darth Bane, when armies of Jedi and Sith fought it out for control of the galaxy, and the game featured a remarkably immersive take on the Star Wars galaxy. Although it revisited familiar worlds, they were reverse-engineered in strange and unexpected ways. Knights of the Old Republic soon established itself as an essential part of the old Star Wars Expanded Universe - and then, after the Disney purchase, the EU was erased from canon altogether. Since then, the House of Mouse has carefully incorporated some of the best bits of the EU back into the Star Wars franchise, and there have already been hints that Lucasfilm's attention was turning to the Knights of the Old Republic era.
According to BuzzFeed News, Avatar producer Laeta Kalogridis is close to completing the final script of a Knights of the Old Republic movie. They report that she was hired back in spring 2018 and has worked through several drafts over the last year. Kalogridis is the first woman to write a Star Wars script since 1980, when Leigh Brackett wrote the first draft of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy hinted at the project at this year's Star Wars Celebration, confirming that a Knights of the Old Republic project is in development. At the same time, she was wary of over-committing, insisting that the studio is still deciding the best approach since the box office failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Assuming BuzzFeed News' information is correct, that explains why she was reluctant to reveal just how far the Knights of the Old Republic script had progressed.
It will be fascinating to see how Kalogridis adapts Knights of the Old Republic. The game was one of the most sophisticated RPGs in history, as players weren't just able to choose whether their character was male or female, their every decision also affected whether their character became more attuned to the light side or the dark. Impressively, the narrative and game mechanics allowed either approach to feel absolutely natural. The Expanded Universe actually became quite controversial when tie-in novels by Drew Karpyshyn began to set certain versions of the characters, and the plot, in stone. Lucasfilm will face the same challenge with the film adaptation as well.
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Source: BuzzFeed News
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