In a new report from Mashable, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will not explore The Old Republic in his upcoming Star Wars trilogy.
Johnson spoke to Mashable’s Laura Prudom about his love for the BioWare game, Knights of the Old Republic, which introduced many of us to The Old Republic. “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.“
Johnson continues, “To me what’s really fun is the notion of what new stuff are we gonna see, what new stories can we tell?” He adds, “For me the possibility in a new story told over three movies, go anywhere, do anything, sky’s the limit, in Star Wars? That’s so exciting.”
However, Johnson doesn’t seem to really know where he’s going with this new trilogy. Or if he does, he wasn’t telling.
I’m in the very, very beginning phases of trying to think about it so I don’t know yet. I’m still figuring out what it’s gonna be.
Johnson doesn’t technically rule out The Old Republic. In fact, none of his actual quotes say his trilogy won’t involve The Old Republic. It’s the Mashable writer Chris Taylor who actually says The Old Republic will not be his focus. “He’s sympathetic. He loves the subject in question. But alas, that is definitively not what he’s going for. The subject? The Old Republic, that time period in the galaxy far, far away that is long, long before even the Star Wars prequel movies.”
If Mashable’s Chris Taylor is to be believed, this is a huge blow to Star Wars fans including myself. The Old Republic era while familiar to hardcore fans of the Star Wars series has a ton of potential to explore. I would have loved to see a live-action version of Revan flip-flopping between the Sith and Jedi. It would have been a prime opportunity to have Star Wars really dive into its morality and explore the differences between light and dark and someone who is caught in between. If not Revan, there are numerous other characters and even new ones Johnson and Lucasfilm could create in the time frame.
I for one, hope that Lucasfilm and Disney eventually pursue a live-action The Old Republic whether it’s a television or a movie series. The idea deserves to be brought to life.