Lucasfilm is developing a new Star Wars film based on their 2003 videogame Knights Of The Old Republic with screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis currently working on a script that could be the first of a trilogy of films.
Buzzfeed is breaking the news, citing three independent anonymous sources from within Lucasfilm.
Last month, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy noted that the company was indeed developing “something” based on the videogame, though at the time she indicated that whatever the project turns out to be it might be a ways off in coming. Last week, it was announced that the next Star Wars film to come after December’s The Rise Of Skywalker, would be arriving in 2022 and be overseen by Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Fans have speculated since Benioff and Weiss were first announced that they were doing a Star Wars film that it could be some sort of adaptation of Knights Of The Old Republic, but the reporting from Buzzfeed does not link the two to this project.
Knights Of The Old Republic is set some four thousand years before the time frame of the current Star Wars films and tells the story of an uprising led by the villainous Sith Lord Darth Malak against the Republic, requiring the Jedi Knights to step in to protect the galaxy.
Although not a name that comes up in fandom discussions, Kalogridis has been active in genre projects for over twenty years. Two of her earliest script assignments were development drafts for both X-Men and Wonder Woman, before she went on to serve as the executive producer of the 2002 Birds Of Prey series. She also developed a Bride Of Frankenstein remake. More recently, she has been working alot with James Cameron, first developing an unmade project called The Dive before moving over to do a number of drafts on Alita: Battle Angel. Other credits include writing the 2010 thriller Shutter Island and creating the Netflix series Altered Carbon.
Since no one commented on the record for this, it should be noted that this is still just a rumor.