Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was first released in 2003, and has since become a classic game. Fans of the Star Wars universe have been clamouring for the rich storyline to be made into a movie, and their voices have finally been heard. Laeta Kalogridis, who worked on Avatar and Shutter Island, has been tapped to write the script for Lucasfilm.
The story is set nearly 400 years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, and follows the battle between the Jedi and the Sith. In the game, players help fight an uprising against the republic being led by Darth Malak, a Sith Lord. The story features fan favourites—Wookies, droids, the Jedi Academy, and the Force—including one of the most revered female characters in the Star Wars universe, Bastila Shan. Kalogridis is adapting the storyline into what could be a new trilogy for the franchise. Kalogridis also has the distinction of being the first female writer of a Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back, which gave Leigh Bracket co-writing credit with Lawrence Kasdan.
The news is welcome among fans as after the poor performance of Solo at the box offices, Lucasfilm decided to pull back on their release schedule. Knights of the Old Republic won’t be the next Star Wars movie after The Rise of the Skywalker. Rather, the next one is supposed to kick-off a new trilogy, which will come out “pre-Christmas weekend every other year.”
Even though it’s not next on the docket, it’s still a good sign that fans will finally be getting the story they’ve wanted. Kathleen Kennedy, the President of Lucasfilm and perhaps the person most responsible for the resurgence of the Star Wars franchise, talked about the story in an MTV News interview, “We talk about that all the time. Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now I have no idea where things may fall.” With Kalogridis writing the script, looks like we have a pretty good idea what direction things are falling.