Alita: Battle Angel’s Laeta Kalogridis Reportedly Developing A Knights Of The Old Republic Film

by Erik Amaya

 

Darth Revan and Bastila Shan may finally have their day on the big screen.

Buzzfeed reports writer Laeta Kalogridis of Birds of Prey and Alita: Battle Angel fame is working on a script based on the classic BioWare RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The game told the story of an amnesiac Force-sensitive who trains in the way of the Jedi so they can combat Darth Malak, the apprentice of Darth Revan, who rebelled against the Jedi Order and founded a new Sith Empire. The resulting war would dredge up old wounds and send the Jedi initiate on a galaxy-spanning adventure to retrace Revan’s footsteps and discover a power which could destroy the Galaxy.

With its strong characters, innovative (at the time) game play and branching story options, it quickly became a beloved title among Star Wars fans. A second game, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords was poised to be an even more epic game, but faltered in its last hours as BioWare and main developer Obsidian Games rushed to the finish line. A patch to the current version of the game makes a fan-made amendment to the ending an option. The fact fans felt compelled to fix KOTOR‘s sequel tells you how much passion people have for the story and setting.

It is unclear if Kalogridis is adapting the story straight from the game. It is also unclear if this if the project will take up one of Disney’s announced Star Wars release dates in the next decade or form its own project in the years to come. As Kalogridis, Disney and Lucasfilm all declined to comment, we’re still not even sure if its happening. But if it is, KOTOR is a great story worth telling on film.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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