A report from Buzzfeed’s Kate Aurthur on Thursday night says that Laeta Kalogridis is writing the script for a movie based on the Knights of the Old Republic video game and that she is almost done with the first script of a potential trilogy of films.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that Lucasfilm is working on bringing the Old Republic era to the big screen, as that’s been the assumption for a long time – and was essentially confirmed by Kathy Kennedy at Celebration earlier this year. But this is the first we’ve heard of Lucasfilm exploring the Old Republic era by way of adapting the classic video games and making a trilogy based on that.
I do want to say that, given the nature of this report, it’s entirely possible that some things could be mixed up a bit – in other words, it’s possible to hear about Lucasfilm working on the Old Republic era and jump to the conclusion that it’s based on the game when it might not be. But assuming this is true, then that’s yet another project in development by the company. I highly doubt that this would be the same trilogy as either Benioff and Weiss’s or Rian Johnson’s, as they likely aren’t this far along yet.
And if this report is true, it means that a beloved Star Wars story, featuring characters like Revan and Bastila Shan, will be coming to the big screen, which would surely be a huge deal. But I’d be a bit wary of it, only because I’m not ready for the fan reaction to it. This trilogy couldn’t just be a direct repeat of the video game story, and that means that some fans will certainly throw a fit because they didn’t get what they wanted. So I’m not exactly excited for that, but for the rest of us, this could be pretty cool.
It makes sense for Lucasfilm to be developing these stories and scripts, whether or not they ever actually get made. It’s logical to have a series of projects in various stages of development, and this is a pretty interesting one.