Pointless Rumor: ‘STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC’ movie may be in works.


Listen, everyone else is talking about this rumor. Why shouldn’t we? God dammit! Why shouldn’t we? Especially since KOTOR means so much to me. When the game dropped ten years ago (TEN YEARS?!), it taught me an important lesson. At the time, I was in the depths of a deep sadness. Star Wars had sucked for two movies in a row, and I was convinced. Convinced that the entire fucking Star Wars Thing sucked. Along came KOTOR and sliced through that blanket of statement, proving that the Universe itself was ripe. No, no. Star Wars didn’t suck. George Lucas did. So it would be particularly fitting to me if the game that proved a Universe’s Worth in the darkest of hours was given the filmic treatment. I don’t think it will, but hey. Let’s pretend.


And you thought we were going to get through a week without a juicy Star Warsrumor? Think again. Ain’t It Cool News is reporting one of the many (many) ideas currently floating around Lucasfilm (such as the Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda movies) is a movie version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Yes, the popular role playing video game set 4,000 years before the rise of the Galactic Empire. The primary writer on the series, Drew Karpyshyn, transitioned into screenwriting last year and is reporting his first script is nearly done. Is it Knights of the Old Republic?

According to the Ain’t It Cool News rumor, Karpyshyn left Bioware — the main developer of Knights of the Old Republic — last February to pursue screenwriting and since then, hasn’t really made much news. (He has, however, written five Star Warsnovels proving he has a nice “in” at Lucasfilm.) His personal website says the following:

I don’t have any produced or sold screenplays yet. I have one script that’s nearly complete, and I will be looking for an agent soon to help me market it to major Hollywood studios.

That statement has no date on it so it could have been updated yesterday or six months ago. Besides the rumblings reported to AICN, there’s no actual evidence Karpyshyn is writing a Knights of the Old Republic screenplay. It’s very possible, probable even, that his screenplay is something different. But we know he has contacts at Lucas film and when the merge happened, who better to call than he to talk Knights of the Old Republic? Or maybe none of this is true at all. Karpyshyn also wrote Mass Effect, which is being developed by Hollywood, and his name never came up there.