Disney is going all-in on Star Wars. Yesterday, they announced Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would write and produce a brand new series of films for the franchise. But now Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed in a call with investors the company is also developing a number of Star Wars TV shows.
“We are developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct-to-consumer app. We’ve mentioned that and we are close to being able to reveal at least one of the entities that is developing that for us. Because the deal isn’t completely closed, we can’t be specific about that.” Iger added, “I think you’ll find the level of talent … on the television front will be rather significant as well.”
Iger revealed there would be a live-action television series back in November while discussing the upcoming Disney streaming platform that will also feature a Monsters Inc. and High School Musical series. It’s unclear if the other shows Iger references will be live-action or animated.
You would think with top talent like Game of Thrones creators Benioff and Weiss, they would be perfect to bring on-board for a Star Wars television series.
Iger explained why they were more suited to film instead of the television series.
“Their interest was in creating a series of films that are Star Wars-based and we’ve actually been talking to them for a long time. To my knowledge they didn’t express interest in creating a series. They have an idea for a number of films and at some later date I’m sure we’ll disclose to all of you just what those are. They are focused on a point in time in the Star Wars mythology and taking it from there.”
A point in time in the Star Wars mythology seems pretty specific. Most Star Wars stories revolve around the Skywalker saga and moving forward in time. However, BioWare broke boundaries when they made Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The game opened Star Wars fans up to a whole new era of Star Wars. A time in the distant past before the Skywalkers.
4,000 years before the formation of the Galactic Empire, Darth Malak, a former Jedi, unleashed a Sith armada against the Republic. His attack has left the Jedi broken and scattered. The player sets out to stop Malak and defeat his Sith conquest of Galaxy. You uncover Malak’s source of power is the Star Forge and trek across the galaxy in order to discover its location. However, in the process the player also discovers they are actually Darth Revan. Revan is a master of both the Light and Dark Sides of the Force and Darth Malak’s former master. As with Malak, he too was a former Jedi and was leading the Sith forces in their attack on the Republic. Jedi Master Bastila Shan led an attack force and subdued Revan. He was then brainwashed by the Jedi Council and used to fight against Malak. By the end of the game, Revan must choose to embrace the Light Side or the Dark Side.
The story line would continue in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. There is also an MMORPG called Star Wars: The Old Republic which explores events taking place after these games.
Fans have been begging Disney to explore the Old Republic, and it’s possible we might finally get a live action movie series or even an ongoing television series focused on the Old Republic!
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