When it was announced that Rian Johnson had been tasked with helming a new, upcoming trilogy of Star Wars movies, one particular corner of a galaxy far, far away that many longtime fans were hoping to see explored was the Knights of the Old Republic video game series. Sadly for those same fans, Johnson has moved to play down such speculation.
Speaking to Mashable, Johnson explained, “Oh, they love Knights of the Old Republic. I played that game when it first came out and it was like, god, I loved it. Yeah, that’s a fantastic game. And I understand it, the instinct to automatically go to something that you know and love, that you’ve already seen. To me, what’s really fund is the notion of what new stuff are we gonna see, what new stories can we tell?”
Previously, all we’d heard about this new trilogy was that it would focus on a corner of the galaxy not yet seen on the big screen. The Old Republic Era would certainly match up to that, with those Jedi and Sith-heavy tales taking place thousands of years before Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. While those years would make for some compelling and fascinating movies, it seems that we can rule out seeing any attention given to those stories in Johnson’s new trilogy.
Up next for the Star Wars saga, of course, is the Johnson-helmed Star Wars: The Last Jedi – due in cinemas worldwide from December 14th.