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Report: Alleged Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Movie Being Developed Finds Screenwriter

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, May 24, 2019.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    A new report suggests that Laeta Kalogridis will be writing the first script in a trilogy of movies based on the Old Republic era, said to take heavy inspiration from the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game. So what does that mean for the movies that are being developed by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss? Let's talk about it.





    BuzzFeed News has apparently verified an interesting scoop from three different sources, claiming that Kalogridis, whose work the screenplays for the films Shutter Island and Alita: Battle Angel and served as the showrunner on the first season of Netflix's Altered Carbon, is apparently working on the next Star Wars movie after the release of The Rise of Skywalker this December. Kalogridis has also served as an executive producer on James Cameron's Avatar, establishing that she's no stranger to the realm of ambitious, expensive sci-fi. If this report is accurate, then Kalogridis will be the first female writer to spearhead a Star Wars movie in the Disney era, with Leigh Brackett's work on The Empire Strikes Back being the first (and only) example prior to that. (There's also Carrie Fisher's script-doctoring work on multiple Star Wars movies, although she did not write the scripts themselves.) Her script, which has been in development since Spring 2018, is said to be close to completion, and will be the first of a trilogy of films.



    Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy stated at last month's Star Wars Celebration Chicago that the Old Republic era was something that Lucasfilm was very much interested in exploring, although she would not announce any specific project. Since the underwhelming box office total for Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm have reevaluated their release schedule as far as films are concerned, seemingly opting to repurpose planned film content to the realm of Disney+ shows. Currently, the plan is to avoid doing more than one movie per year, but there will be no Star Wars movies in 2020 or 2021 (the latter of which will see the release of the fifth and final Indiana Jones movie instead). The next three Star Wars projects are scheduled for December 2022, December 2024, and December 2026 release dates. It remains to be seen if Lucasfilm will announce plans for 2023, 2025, and 2027, but if those happen, they will likely be released well before any of the four Avatar sequels.



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    Some are unsure if this means that Kalogridis is working on a third potential trilogy, compared to the two in the pipeline from Benioff and Weiss and Rian Johnson, or if she's co-writing the trilogy with Benioff and Weiss. As we've told you previously, Benioff and Weiss are indeed working on a movie series set in this era. We still stand by that report; it's entirely possible that the movies that they are working on and the movie that Kalogridis is working on are separated by centuries in-universe, since the Old Republic era is one that spans over four thousand years, and future Star Wars movies are not likely to travel too far past the events of The Rise of Skywalker for quite some time. With Game of Thrones complete, the duo are now going all-in on Star Wars after a short break, and Buzzfeed's report supports speculation that their film series is the first one to arrive. Even with the divisive final season, Lucasfilm and Disney fully intend to keep working with them, just as they continue to work with Johnson in spite of fan controversies over The Last Jedi (which did not stop the film from being a massive commercial success). Bob Iger even congratulated them for their work on the ambitious HBO hit:



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    While we continue to stand by our exclusive report from a few months ago, Germain Lussier of io9 has also suggested that this film is the start of a third trilogy:



    [embed]https://twitter.com/germainlussier/status/1131711673633394688[/embed]



    It will be interesting to see where things go from here. For now, we know that Johnson, Benioff, and Weiss (who have all met with Kathleen Kennedy) are collaborating on their respective Star Wars movies to establish connectivity, in spite of their series likely being separated by vastly different eras of storytelling. In any case, we did tell you that a story set in the Old Republic era was indeed coming, and we can't wait to see it for ourselves!



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    I don't know, but food for thought? This isn't the first time he has done this.

     
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    I am skeptical. Movie is 3.5 years away and she is close to having the script done for the 1st film. Seems a little early. I also want to say I want the films to have nothing to do with KOTOR. Yes want an Old Republic era saga or series, but not based on a video game.
     
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    Sounds like total BS... For now I don't buy it. And to be honest, I don't really want to hear about plans for other movies than what B&W and RJ are working on.
     
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    Why would Gamble tweet about it? He doesn't normally do that; especially with other properties that aren't BioWare's. I'm aware KOTOR is a BioWare game, but it's a rumor. Devs don't usually tweet (willingly) about rumors.
     
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    The guy isn't associated with LFL or Star Wars in any way, so maybe he's just excited about the rumour. I Googled and he didn't even work on KotOR. On top of that, IMO there's no chance in hell that a straight-up movie adaptation of the game will happen. It just doesn't seem like something LFL would do...

    This whole rumour seems so out of place that it strikes me as something fabricated by a person not even aware of Disney's current plans and tendencies for SW movies.

    Something taking place hundreds of years before the Skywalker Saga could happen, but there's a huge difference between this and talking about a KotOR adaptation. And if the former happens, I'm pretty sure it's gonna be totally different than the game.
     
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    Well, just because he didn't work on KOTOR, he would still be responsible for the IP. If a game where ever to be made based of off the KOTOR movie.
     
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    Laeta Kalogridis, I don't know. I like "Shutter Island". It was a good adaptation. But her other movies? Especially Terminator: Gensiys was a disaster. Fun fact: she got a prize for the worst screen play (Alexander) and the prize for the best screen play (Shutter Island).

    Other than that, I like the era of the "Old Republic" games, but this whole rumor sounds fishy to me.
     
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    I would guess that Lucasfilm owns the rights to everything KotOR related - or at least the rights to the story, characters etc. so they probably can do anything they want with it without Bioware. I could be wrong, though. But still, I think the main problem here is that a video game adaptation is a very unlikely movie project for LFL.

    Also, the suggestion that it could be yet another trilogy sounds kinda ridiculous... When? Weren't they supposed to slow down? Or is it a plan for 20 years from now...? It doesn't make sense to me even if we assumed that the rumour is inaccurate and in fact it's about the first movie in the B&W series that could be an Old Republic-style thing. If so, what's the point of having B&W if somebody else is writing the script (somebody with an underwhelming resume...)? I doubt LFL offered B&W a major deal just for overseeing.
     
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    So glad the new trilogy is in the works for that era.
     
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    “Thank the Maker!” I will be so jubilant if its a Revan Trilogy! :)
     
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    I don't think it would be early to have a script nearly ready for a movie 3.5 years away. Especially if she is working on a trilogy. The whole thing needs to be mapped out. They need to cast, build sets, allow for rewrites, etc.

    Also I'm totally with you about KoTOR. I loved that game but I really don't want to see a rehash of a video game. Give me a new story please! Though I admit it would be hard to resist seeing a real life portrayal of Bastila Shan.
     
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    Honestly have always thought this was the most obvious thing in the world to do.You have one of the best Star Wars stories ever told, set in a fascinating time period with incredibly rich characters. Why on earth would not adapt it?

    I get peoples worry that they may ruin it. Also on the other side I get peoples concern that people may criticise it for not been like the game. For me though I think if you make a great film or films people will be fine with it. Lots of films have adapted great source material into great films. Lord of The Rings, Civil War, V for Vendetta, Alita: Battle Angel, I'm currently watching good omens..... So its doable. Yes if you make a mess of it fans will be anoid, but its the film makers job not to make a mess of it, if they arn't capable of making a great film they shouldn't be on the project. Plus personally think you have a far better chance of making a great film if you already have a great story. And KOTOR is a great story.

    Also it would just be great to have a film that actually has Jedi in it again, not a trainee or a retired Jedi but actually fully fledged Jedi. The only time we have seen that is in the prequels.

    Plus I really like the writer, Alita: Battle Angel was awesome, Shutter Island had a great script, She wrote the screen play for Night watch an incredibly underated film, and produced Avatar, which I know is cool to mock these days but I love Avatar. Yeah Terminator Genisys was dodgy, but apart from that everything she has done is great.

    As for will it happen? Personally I don't think it's the Benioff and Weiss films, I can't imagine them not wanting to write the films. So if it's not them my guess would be if the story is true, she was probably hired before Solo bombed as Disney decided to pump the breaks and the script is just one of many that will be gathering dust at Lucas film.

    Which would be a real shame becuase I think this would be the best move Lucasfilm could make and out of all the rumoured projects it's the one i'd most like to see.
     
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