Laeta Kalogridis the screenwriter of Alita: Battle Angel, Shutter Island, Avatar, and creator of the Netflix series Altered Carbon is reportedly writing a Star Wars film for Lucasfilm according to a report by BuzzFeed. They claim she is writing a script to launch a potential trilogy based on the Knights of The Old Republic, not that a trilogy has been assigned to her.
A movie based on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic — the beloved video game first released in 2003 — is currently being written by Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) for Lucasfilm, three sources close to the project told BuzzFeed News.
Kalogridis is close to finishing the first script of a potential KOTOR trilogy, according to the three sources.
Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy teased to MTVNews during Star Wars Celebration that they are interested in The Old Republic, but wasn’t ready to announce anything.
Take with a grain of salt, as trades haven’t backed up the reporting and we should be cautious about big Star Wars stories, but this would be amazing news if it turns out to be true.
I would be shocked if Lucasfilm actually sat down with a screenwriter and asked them to directly adapt a video game that mostly takes place outside of Star Wars canon. Considering how the studio is looking towards new and original Star Wars stories moving forward, the era taking place thousands of years before the prequels would make for a creative way to move away from existing material (which is why I don’t think it would be direct adaptation).
I guess we’ll have to wait to see if this will happen.