In a week of reports about games coming out of the left field (check out the LoL bombshell from Reuters yesterday) Buzzfeed News has an exclusive about an upcoming movie based on the Star Wars video game Knights Of The Old Republic.
Now, already your mind is racing – they’re finally doing something with such rich source material! KOTOR dropped in July 2003 from Bioware after being acquired by EA at the turn of the century, and it is still considered one of the best video games ever made – especially in the western RPG genre.
Most importantly faithful to Star Wars, the Knights of the Old Republic was a romp through known locations and some unexplored areas of the lore-rich galaxy, but the story was always about the player and their ragtag gang of companions as they struggled with their morality and learned how to wield a lightsaber to face off against the evil Darth Revan.
This proposed KOTOR movie will naturally be set thousands of years before A New Hope and introduce a different time period in Star Wars history. According to Buzzfeed, the movie is being written by Laeta Kalogridis, the talented screenwriter behind Shutter Island, who also has credits on the Netflix show Altered Carbon, James Cameron’s Avatar and Alita: Battle Angel.
Apparently, Kalogridis is “Close to finishing the first script of a potential KOTOR trilogy,” which should once more stoke your imagination, given that there are only two KOTOR games, for now…
Many believed that KOTOR would be the territory dealt with by Game Of Thrones showrunners Benioff and Weiss now that they’ve wrapped up their commitments with HBO, but clearly, this is not the case, if the report is to be believed.
In any case, this is very exciting and proves that KOTOR’s legacy will live on via the silver screen. With some serious talent in the driving seat, we can’t wait to hear more.