Lucasfilm might be developing a movie based on the 2003 BioWare RPG Knights of the Old Republic. According to BuzzFeed, Lucasfilm has hired Altered Carbon creator, Laeta Kalogridis–who also wrote the scripts for Shutter Island and Alita: Battle Angle–to pen the script. Kalogridis also produced the box office juggernaut Avatar, which is the highest-grossing movie in history.
Knights of the Old Republic takes place 4,000 years before the events of the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope.
News that Lucasfilm is developing a Knights of the Old Republic movie is not a surprise. At Star Wars Celebration in April, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that the studio talks about making a Knights of the Old Republic movie “all the time.” Kennedy straight-up confirmed at the time that a Knights of the Old Republic film would be made or at least considered. “Yes, we are developing something to look at,” she told MTV News at the time.
According to BuzzFeed, Kalogridis is “close” to finishing the initial draft of her script for Knights of the Old Republic, which could be a trilogy. Three anonymous sources told this to BuzzFeed.
Kalogridis would become the first woman to script a Star Wars movie since 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, which was co-written by Leigh Brackett.
If the Knights of the Old Republic movie is indeed real, it is not coming anytime soon. The next Star Wars movie is 2022’s film from Game of Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. BuzzFeed’s report notes that Kalogridis has not yet submitted the Knights of the Old Republic movie script’s first draft, so it could be a very long time before the movie gets made (if it ever does). There is no word as of yet regarding who will direct or star in the film, or when it may be released.
Whatever the case, Knights of the Old Republic is a fan-favorite Star Wars game rich with storytelling opportunities, so it’s exciting to think about what could happen.
#Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talked to us about the future of #StarWars – including a Knights of the Old Republic movie and female filmmakers taking the helm, as well as Palpatine’s surprise return in the trailer for @StarWars #EpisodeIX pic.twitter.com/HCjEhdlRv7
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) April 16, 2019
The next Star Wars film is this December’s The Rise of Skywalker, which concludes the new trilogy that began with 2015’s The Force Awakens. It also wraps up the entire Skywalker Saga that started back in 1977, so it is truly the end of an era. The first images from the film recently emerged, and they showcase some brand-new characters.