A Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic movie is reportedly in the works at Lucasfilm. There has been much speculation in regards to a possible Old Republic project. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, in an interview during Star Wars Celebration confirmed, "Yes, we are developing something" within the Old Republic. It wasn't clear exactly what that would be or when it would be happening. Now we have word that Laeta Kalogridis has been hired to pen the screenplay, and it gets even better for fans who want to see this happen.
According to multiple reports, Lucasfilm hired Laeta Kalogridis last year to write a movie based on the popular video game of the same name. Kalogridis has apparently already nearly finished her first draft of the first movie. The hope is that this may kickstart a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic trilogy. It also should be noted that this is different from what Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are working on, which was speculated to take place during the Old Republic era. While that may turn out to be the case, their trilogy won't specifically be based on the story of the game.
For those who may not be familiar, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, commonly referred to as KOTOR by fans, was released in 2003 long before Disney purchased Lucasfilm. At that time, what is now known as "Legends" material was part of a large expanded universe of stories, and this ranks right up there near the top for many fans. The story takes place approximately 4,000 years before the events of the original trilogy. The player is tasked with fighting a Sith uprising against the Republic, which is being headed up by the evil Darth Malak. The player teams up with Bastila Shan along the way, and things are not so simple as they seem.
Disney has shown its willingness to pull from Legends lore before. Grand Admiral Thrawn, for example, was brought back into the official canon via the Star Wars Rebels animated story. But perhaps no story that exists outside of the canon currently is more deserving of inclusion than KOTOR. Laeta Kalogridis, for her part, is very accomplished, as her writing credits include Shutter Island, Alexander and Alita: Battle Angel. She also served as an executive producer on Avatar and created Altered: Carbon for Netflix.
It's also well worth noting that Laeta Kalogridis will be the first woman to write a Star Wars movie since Leigh Brackett earned a writing credit on The Empire Strikes Back. Many have been calling for more female filmmakers to be brought into a galaxy far, far away, and this is a big step in that direction. For now, it isn't clear when this movie could see the light of day. The first movie in the Benioff and Weiss trilogy will arrive in December 2022, with two other dates locked down in December 2024 and December 2026 for further Star Wars movies. The presumption is that those will all belong to Benioff and Weiss. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news was first reported by BuzzFeed.