All the “fan” backlash against the Star Wars franchise is somewhat misdirected. While some fans claim ownership of the franchise, those people we can simply ignore. Many of them are people that believe they have a say in how the films should be made, which is simply wrong. Films are a director’s medium. To be completely honest, if it’s so easy they should make their own. One of the biggest issues with the new set of films is that there was no concise storyline. Knights of the Old Republic could change that.
One of the storylines that they could use is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The classic BioWare role-playing game is rich with history from a timeline that we have never scene. You are not bound to the canon of any of the films. Knowing that Lucasfilm is actually looking into developing “something related to it” is extremely encouraging and could fix the standalone feel of the new trilogy.
“Knights of the Old Republic, a lot of fans want to see that, is there any development of that?” MTV reporter Josh Horowitz asked Kennedy during Star Wars Celebration last weekend.
#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
“You know, we talk about that all the time,” Kennedy said. “Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now, I have no idea where things might fall, but we have to be careful that there is a cadence to Star Wars that doesn’t start to feel like too much. We don’t have a crystal ball, you know, we tried a little bit with ‘Solo’ to see if we could do two movies a year and whether or not there really was an opportunity for that, and we felt that’s not going to work. So, we back off of that a little bit. But it doesn’t mean we don’t think about lots of different stories, because that’s the exciting thing about this universe.”
First published in 2003, Knights of the Old Republic takes place about 4,000 years before the founding of the Galactic Empire. Darth Malak, a Sith Lord, sends an armada against the Republic. You played as a Jedi in an attempt to stop him. Taking that story and develop a trilogy around it, you can recreate the feel between that trilogies and feel the movies are moving toward a singular conclusion.
Why the original and prequel trilogy work is simply because there was an endgame planned. In the original trilogy, it was simply the redemption of Anakin Skywalker and the end of the Empire. In the prequel trilogy, it was how Anakin turned and became lost to the Dark Side. It made the original trilogy a continuation of the Skywalker storyline.
When the new trilogy was announced, it seemed that they would follow the same pattern. Yes, all three had technically three different directors, but they followed a singular storyline. It became clear that that wasn’t the case in the new trilogy. J.J. Abrams had a great balance of nostalgia and developing a new group of characters for this storyline. However, Rian Johnson created his own story and moved it in a new direction. Then, you have that situation with Colin Trevorrow and the script issues of the final installment.
Disney and Lucasfilm need to develop a singular storyline for the franchise to continue. Otherwise, this is a series of standalone movies that use the same characters, but aren’t technically tied together. Almost like the way films sequels usually go. However, in the age of Marvel and the pattern they created, fans expect the story to lead somewhere.
With confirmation that Lucasfilm is looking into an Old Republic project is exciting. Rumors surfaced in late 2018 that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were looking into developing a trilogy based on that property. Whether they are working on it remains to be seen. However, with this project being discuss gave me immense hope for the future of the franchise. Take your time and give us good content.