The Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic movie is moving forward after sources revealed a writer selected for the project is close to finishing the first script in a potential trilogy. This means the rumored video game adaptation is moving ahead, maybe faster than anticipated.
Buzzfeed is reporting that Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) was hired in Spring 2018 to write the live-action film adaptation for the 2003 BioWare RPG. The first script of a potential trilogy of films is close to finished, according to sources.
LucasFilms has slowed down its production of Star Wars films after the lower-than-expected financial performance of 2018's Solo. The only Star Wars films currently announced for the near future are the untitled films in a planned trilogy from Game of Thrones television writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Interestingly, Benioff and Weiss were rumored to be setting their films in The Old Republic era by Star Wars rumor hunters. But Kalogridis was hired nearly a year ago, so it's unclear if her project and the one from Benioff and Weiss are related.
News of the Knights of the Old Republic film having a writer and script is a little surprising since LucasFilm boss Kathleen Kennedy made it sound like a possible adaptation was earlier in development. She told MTV earlier this year that, "You know we talk about [Knights of the Old Republic] all the time. Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now, I have no idea where things fall but we have to be careful that there is a cadence to Star Wars that doesn't start to feel like too much."
Having a writer close to finishing a script for a KOTOR movie means the project could be further along than anticipated. But with Lucasfilm taking a slower approach to the series, who knows when we'll actually see the movie? Granted it's not the same project as Benioff and Weiss' upcoming Star Wars films.