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A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY: Could a Video Game Series Hold the Key to Star Wars’ Big Screen Future?

11 June 2019

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Avengers: Endgame may continue to break all manner of box office records across the world, but it is fair to say there are a few other major movies waiting in the wings to challenge the superhero hit for the crown of 2019’s biggest blockbuster.

The eagerly anticipated sequel, Toy Story 4, will be hoping to have a similar impact in the coming months, while another tentpole movie which may undoubtedly have the force to challenge the Marvel Studios monster later this year could be Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Many people would argue that the Star Wars franchise is not exactly in the healthiest place right now, with The Last Jedi proving divisive among fans and Solo: A Star Wars Story failing to set the box office on fire. However, there remains plenty of anticipation regarding Episode IX and whether it can ultimately perform the double feat of not only successfully concluding the latest trilogy but also setting the much-loved sci-fi series on course for a brighter future.

The latter is a particularly important issue as, despite a change in approach which was confirmed following the release of Solo, there are still plans to create new movies in the Star Wars universe. Perhaps most intriguingly, one project is seemingly turning to video gaming for a touch of inspiration.



Knights of the Old Republic
Recent reports from Buzzfeed News have revealed how Avatar and Shutter Island writer Laeta Kalogridis is thought to be working on a screenplay based on Knights of the Old Republic, a series of role-playing video games which was first launched back in 2003.

This corner of the Star Wars universe certainly looks capable of providing plenty of action and drama, with it being set around 4,000 years before the events of A New Hope – the point where we all first went blasting off into a galaxy far, far away. Buzzfeed News added that its three sources understand that the script being prepared by Kalogridis is the first of a potential trilogy, although representatives from the writer, Lucasfilm and Disney did not respond to requests for comment.

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Heading back in time to chart the history of the battle between the Jedi and the Sith could certainly make for a compelling big screen outing, but perhaps one of the more fascinating elements to the reports is that the new film would be the latest example of the close relationship which has developed between video gaming and the movie world through the years.



Major inspiration
The two industries have turned to each other for inspiration on numerous occasions in the past few decades, with many big screen franchises being adapted into the gaming format. Star Wars is just one of many, with James Bond also successfully taking the leap alongside other major properties like Spider-Man, Star Trek and Batman. It has also become common in casino gaming to see online slot games based on movies, with Ninja Casino, for example, featuring titles spun off from or inspired by Hollywood hits like Jurassic World and Planet of the Apes.

Gaming properties have also taken a step in the other direction too, albeit with varying degrees of success. The likes of Hitman, Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed, Warcraft and Super Mario have all been adapted into movies in the past couple of decades, with one of the more surprising recent successes being the Pokemon outing Detective Pikachu.
However, while gaming has made a move into the movies on multiple occasions, the jury is still out on whether a truly great gaming film has ever been made. Could Knights of the Old Republic ultimately be the first?



Plenty more planned
Of course, the fate of the Star Wars universe is not ultimately hinging upon the success of a Knights of the Old Republic movie. It is far from the only project currently in the works at Lucasfilm, with David Benioff and Dan Weiss developing their own take on the franchise following the conclusion of their work on HBO’s hugely successful small-screen hit Game of Thrones.

Furthermore, it is understood that The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson is still intending to push forward with his planned trilogy within the Star Wars universe, despite the criticism which some fans levelled at his first effort within the franchise. He is expected to work on the project after completing production on Knives Out, a film featuring Jamie Lee Curtis and Chris Evans which is due for release before the end of the year

However, while other projects are in the pipeline, the fact that Knights of the Old Republic already has a long history and a hugely devoted fanbase undoubtedly makes it an intriguing prospect.



An exciting future
It has already been a major year for blockbusters in 2019 and later this year all eyes will be on whether The Rise of Skywalker can get Star Wars back firing on all cylinders. However, once the credits start rolling many fans will already be thinking ahead to what is next for the much-loved universe.

It feels inevitable that more Star Wars adventures will be hitting the big screen in the next few years, but it will truly be fascinating to see if Knights of the Old Republic has what it takes to be a project that goes all of the way. If it does, it could potentially take video game-inspired movies to a whole new level of success.

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