In 2003, the world of Star Wars and video game RPGs was forever changed with the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic. One of, if not the, best Star Wars video game – and arguably the best product of the expanded Star Wars universe. People loved it to death, it basically put Bioware on the map, and it’s been so inspirational it’s even said to have played a role in the creation of “The Force Awakens”.
Now, Disney has said that everything beyond the original movies was effectively wiped from the canon, and that, unfortunately, includes The Old Republic. But it looks as if the canon is opening its arms to it again, because it’s just been announced by Buzzfeed that Disney and Lucasfilm will be creating movie adaptions of the beloved RPG.
The good news is that it would be a pretty easy movie to make: the game is set 4,000 years before the original trilogy, which means it won’t interfere with whatever other things Disney had planned for the future of the franchise. It’s also looking to be an entire trilogy: so we won’t be getting just one, but three exciting new movies to look forward to.
The bad news is twofold: one, both Disney and Lucasarts can’t commit to anything solid regarding its production, so it could still very well fall through. Secondly, it’s being written by one Laeta Kalogridis: who worked on Alita Battle Angel and Avatar. Which means in theory she’s got excellent cred as a sci-fi screenwriter, but in practice I hated those movies so I’m not exactly thrilled to see her get involved.
Regardless, this is pretty good news, especially since we probably/almost certainly won’t be getting another Knights of the Old Republic game anytime soon. We’ll have to take what we can get, and frankly: we can do worse than a movie.