Star Wars Video Game Knights of the Old Republic to be Adapted
Oh, the bounty the Star Wars Celebration brings each year. We were as parched as the desert biome of Jakku for any information surrounding J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX until the celebration kicked off in Chicago on April 11. In short order, we found out a bunch. First, that title is The Rise of Skywalker (!!). Then we got our first look at the film, which included a shocking reveal at the very end. We also learned that we’ll be finding out more about Rey’s parents and that the ending has been fairly fluid.
Yet the news coming out of the celebration wasn’t solely about the final film in the Skywalker saga. A beloved Star Wars video game is getting the feature film treatment. MTV News Josh Horowitz spoke to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who confirmed that the popular video game Knights of the Old Republic is being adapted for the big screen.
#Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talked to us about the future of #StarWars – including a Knights of the Old Republic movie and female filmmakers taking the helm, as well as Palpatine’s surprise return in the trailer for @StarWars #EpisodeIX pic.twitter.com/HCjEhdlRv7
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) April 16, 2019
The news that Kennedy and Lucasfilm are looking to adapt Knights of the Old Republic for the big screen suggests that this is the film that Game of Thrones co-creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are working on. The duo has already successfully taken a sprawling fantasy world from the page to the small screen. Knights of the Old Republic is set 4,000 years before the events in the Star Wars universe we’ve seen thus far. Benioff and Weiss are now old hats at adaptation, and would likely have a field day sifting through the material revealed in the video game for what would make the best possible feature.
We won’t know for sure what kind of film Knights of the Old Republic will be. An animated feature for Disney +? Part of Rian Johnson’s new trilogy? We may have to wait until the next Star Wars celebration to find out. Hopefully not.
Featured image: The Millenium Falcon in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX. Courtesy Lucasfilm/Walt Disney Studios