When it comes to the Star Wars franchise, finding the golden nuggets in the fields upon fields of media released over the decades. Especially the expanded universe content, pre-Disney acquisition or post. Want to talk about great SW books? The novel Shadows of the Empire by author Steve Perry or the Heir to the Empire trilogy by Timothy Zahn (Which introduced the world to Grand Admiral Thrawn) would be recommended to you. Movies? Well the original trilogy is still the one everyone talks about (Although the rest of the films carry a hefty debate with them from rabid fans).
Video games? Well that’s a mixed bagged with the original Battlefront games well-liked (Not to be confused with the new ones made in 2015 and 2017) and, in relation to the central topic of this article, the Knights of the Old Republic video games. Referred to as the KOTOR games and taking place almost 4000 years before the events of the original film trilogy in a war between the Jedi and the Sith, they have become some of the most popular extended media of Star Wars. The first game was released in 2003, simply titled Knights of the Old Republic, and the sequel the next year in 2004, simply titled Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. The series was so popular that a MMORPG sequel was made in 2011, titled Star Wars: The Old Republic. And the obsession for it is still strong.
For years, fans have been hoping to see this series get the big screen treatment, especially since the series takes place thousands of years before the original films thus allowing narratives not so restricted to the framework of the most focused part of the franchise’s timeline. While Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy talked about it last weekend at the Star Wars Celebration in an interview with MTV, a quote from that interview just began to spread around a few hours ago today when she was asked such a question:
You know, we talk about that [Knights of the Old Republic] all the time. Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now, I have no idea where things might fall, but we have to be careful that there is a cadence to Star Wars that doesn’t start to feel like too much.
We don’t have a crystal ball, you know, we tried a little bit with Solo to see if we could do two movies a year and whether or not there really was an opportunity for that, and we felt that’s not going to work. So, we back off of that a little bit. But it doesn’t mean we don’t think about lots of different stories, because that’s the exciting thing about this universe.
A couple years ago, it was announced that two trilogies were being worked on that would continue the franchise on the big screen after the current sequel trilogy ended (The upcoming The Rise of Skywalker is expected to close off the Skywalker saga). One is being developed by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and the other being worked on by Game of Thrones series co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. While Kennedy spoke about both parties collaborating together, a consistent rumor has been flying around that Benioff and Weiss’s trilogy is set during the time period of the Knights of the Old Republic. Whether that happens or not, it seems inevitable and one can only hope it’s done with the same justice the games brought to such an obscure yet intriguing time period of the massive Star Wars timeline.