Disney and Lucasfilm are looking to make plenty of Star Wars films beyond 2020 and we hope to start seeing original films spring up eventually.
Things like Star Wars: Rebels, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming standalone films focusing on Han Solo and Boba Fett are great and all.
The problem being, that they all take place within the existing canon of Star Wars and the nostalgic link to the original trilogy has a stranglehold on the originality of these projects.
It’s possible that they’ll eventually pursue films outside the timeline. We’re championing the idea of tackling Star Wars: The Old Republic, set a thousand years before The Clone Wars. Not exactly adapting directly from the video games or the Legends material (expanded universe), but using the setting as an entry point to tackle more of the fantasy genre, rather than the adventure aspect we’ve seen mostly with these films.
My problem with the Star Wars movies is that they actually focus more on battles than an actual war, it would be nice if we saw threats beyond the Death Star and it’s cousin the Starkiller Base. The prequels did a horrible job attempting to show The Clone Wars properly, pitting waves of emotionless clones and robots against each other, even if that era had a half-decent cartoon series the films wasted it’s potential to show a full scale war.
An Old Republic film, could channel that lost potential with full armies of Jedi and Sith going at it during The Great Sith War and The Great Hyperspace War.
Think of a mix of Conan The Barbarian, Excalibur, Game of Thrones and Lord of The Rings, set within the Star Wars universe. Focusing more on the swords and sorcery angle, which inspired the Jedi and Sith mythology from the beginning.
Using Lord of The Rings’ armies of the light vs armies of evil, as a template wouldn’t be entirely out of character for the franchise, that already homages plenty of existing material as is.
I’d love to see it take visual cues from Akira Kurosawa‘s epic Ran (samurai version of King Lear), as his film The Hidden Fortress was a massive influence on the original Star Wars films.
Deadpool director Tim Miller has been behind the stunningly made cinematic trailers for The Old Republic games (via Miller’s company Blur), proving this era is worthwhile exploring on the big screen.
Fans are impressed enough by these trailers they have started a petition to see The Old Republic turned into a Netflix television series. An outlet like HBO, that could likely cover the costs of an impressively expensive show.
We know that Lucas had once attempted a Deadwood-type live-action Star Wars series writing a bunch of scripts, but the show was ultimately never made.
ABC Studios is behind the successful Marvel series on Netflix and could partner with Lucasfilm as well. There was even talk this summer from ABC network president Channing Dungey, suggesting it was possibility they could air a series and that they’ve had “conversations” about it.
“As a fan I would absolutely love to say yes,” Dungey said during her executive session at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “We have had conversations with [Lucasfilm] and we will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand onto our programming.”
I still feel like anything Old Republic would be extremely expensive, think Game of Thrones level budgets. Making this a slightly more viable option for feature film exploration than television.
While I feel Lucasfilm should start from scratch, they have some interesting source material to work-off from if they decided to develop a film franchise set in The Old Republic.
In the 90s, Darkhorse Comics released the Star Wars: Legends series Star Wars: Tales of The Jedi, which did explore The Old Republic era before the video games. So, there’s plenty of existing material written by Tom Veitch and Kevin J. Anderson to cherry-pick story elements and characters for a bunch of movies.
Those stories excluded from official canon include Knights of The Old Republic, The Freedon Nadd Uprising, Dark Lords of The Sith, The Sith War, Golden Age of The Sith, The Fall of The Sith Empire and Redemption.
It’s another chance for Lucasfilm to fix the Jedi Order mythology heavily damaged with the lazy script writing of George Lucas in the prequels. Making the Jedi a feckless group of bureaucratic monks that act and speak like robots.
I think a lot of fans are also tired of the “rule of two”, and would like to see The Sith Wars play out. It would be sort of interesting to explore what cinematic versions of The Sith Empire, One Sith and The Brotherhood of Darkness might look like.
I’m also curious how a sith political and royal hierarchy would play out in an ancient Star Wars setting, since it wouldn’t be just the Emperor and Darth Vader this time but a whole army of them.
The Sith Empire had been explored in Tales of The Jedi, Knights of The Old Republic and the post-Skywalker comics Star Wars: Legacy.
Even a former work-in-progress Darth Maul game titled Battle of The Sith Lords teased the inclusion of the Sith Empire via concept art, something that would be interesting and worthwhile to adapt for a couple of films. I’d be extremely happy if some of the game’s character designs made into an Old Republic franchise.
Another worthwhile aspect of Old Republic is the Mandlorian warrior mythology is expanded upon with the Mandalore title and The Mandlorian Wars.
I’m sure some of this will be explained in a Boba Fett movie, but actually going full Arthurian in the Star Wars universe would reveal how deadly they actually are.
The group could be adversaries just as dangerous as the Sith. Possibly seeing them become third faction in a massive galaxy spanning Jedi-Sith War.
I think Lucasfilm knows what it’s doing for the most part, but when they’ve finished with Han Solo, Boba Fett and Kenobi films. I highly doubt fans are going to want standalone films focusing on Yoda or Jabba The Hutt, which have been rumored in the past and sound like bottom of the barrel idea-wise.
It’s worth it for the studio to dive deep into both the Jedi and Sith mythology and give us something fresh at the same time. Not beheld to original trilogy like these other films and actually creating new heroes/villains/environment/timeline for the expanding sandbox. A major reason why The Old Republic deserves to be adapted into it’s own wave of films.