The latest news about Rian Johnson being tasked to helm a new Star Wars Trilogy for Disney and Lucasfilm has created a tremendous buzz among the fans. A lot of guesses, theories and fact-finding is going on all over the web as we all are trying to get more details about the plans related to the next Star Wars trilogy.
There are several questions in the minds of the fans. Is the new trilogy a sequel trilogy or a prequel trilogy? Is the new trilogy based between the existing trilogies? However, there is one scenario that has once again emerged, and it might be the one that fans also wish for.
Could Star Wars be readying for a Knights of the Old Republic trilogy?
For the benefit of uninitiated, Knights of the Old Republic is a branch of the Star Wars saga that had started as a Dark Horse comic book series back in the 1990s, and it went on to become a highly successful video game series in the early 2000s and its latest version came out in 2011.
This story is based 4000 years in the past before the events of A New Hope, and it shows the galaxy to be a much different place with a Sith Army unleashing a destructive campaign which has dispersed the Jedi. The leading force of the story follows Revan, the Dark Sith Lord who is wounded and imprisoned by a Jedi Strike team after he was betrayed by his apprentice Darth Malak. Revan is physically and mentally ravaged in the fight, and the Jedi Council plans to reprogram the Sith Lord as a Jedi Knight faithful to the Galactic Republic.
The first KOTOR game shows Revan proving his loyalty to the light side of the Force by undergoing various tests, and his long-suppressed evil memories begin manifesting themselves, and Revan is compelled to choose between light and dark. The dilemma ends with a final battle with Darth Malak.
A sequel game was based on a former Revan disciple from the time of Mandalorian Wars, who got expelled from the Jedi Order and disrobed of his Force powers. The Outlaw finally tracks down a deadly weapon that he had earlier used in a war, and he also has to choose whether to follow Revan on the Light side or become the new Dark Lord of the Sith.
The Knights of the Old Republic has repeatedly been pitched for cinematic adaptation because it has deep and vast mythos as well as a novel setting in the ancient period of the Star Wars Universe.
There is an appeal in KOTOR being converted into a movie trilogy because it is pretty much a reboot of the whole Star Wars premise devoid of the drama and compulsions of the Skywalker clan. Although the games have their own iconic characters such as Revan, Malak, Dark Nihilus and Bastila Shan, they could be game (pun intended) for a less stringent adaptation because the time period is different and standalone era.
Story-wise, the tale of a Sith Lord, remodelled to unknowingly become a Jedi Knight and being a defender of The Republic is a novel concept for the film franchise and it gives a much deeper and intricate exploration of concepts such as good and evil, light and dark, etc. This is the kind of an evolved premise that Rian Johnson might be exploring in The Last Jedi and would let a lead actor to a superb slow death character arc to display.
Ultimately, the KOTOR era will excite fans by unveiling a fresh set of gadgets, vehicles, weapons and design aesthetics which they can drool over.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to release on December 15th.