Now, for many longtime #StarWars fans, the loss of the #ExpandedUniverse from canon when Disney purchased the franchise from George Lucas back in 2012 has remained one of the cruelest truths in geekdom. With decades of such fan-beloved stories and mythology having been suddenly silenced, it's unsurprising that some are still crying out in terror...and trying to do something about it.
While many have simply opted to re-read classic tales and to create their own follow-ups via fanfic, others have taken a more active approach, and are attempting to bring as much of the old EU back into canon as is humanly possible. Their latest gambit?
A Group Of Star Wars Fans Is Petitioning Netflix To Make An Old Republic Series
One that, as petitioner Jasmine St-Philippe explains, would explore the key events in Star Wars history that took place 3000 years before the original trilogy began, way back in the days of #TheOldRepublic. As she puts it:
"It's no surprise to anyone that the Star Wars franchise has experienced a massive resurgence lately, with 'The Force Awakens' released last year and this year with the upcoming 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.' However, it's about time that the stories from over 3,000 years before the Battle of Yavin be told to both new and old fans of the franchise. 'The Knights of the Republic' series of games as well as the MMORPG 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' serve as the main vehicles to tell stories of characters such as Darth Revan, Darth Malak, Bastila Shan, Darth Traya, Meetra Surik, Darth Malgus, Satele Shan, and the list goes on. The popularity of this era in Star Wars history is felt throughout the fanbase, and I feel it would do a massive disservice to us if these stories weren't told."
"Why Netflix was chosen was because of the wealth of great content they have produced over the years, such as 'Narcos,' 'House of Cards,' and especially everything that Marvel has done and is still currently working on. Not only that, but Netflix can serve as a platform to tell these stories as they were meant to be portrayed: dark, foreboding, and a touch on the mature side. This can also give us fans our healthy dose of Star Wars while we're waiting on the new movies or the new season of 'Star Wars Rebels.' The Old Republic era is a pivotal point in the Star Wars timeline because that's where everything changed, from the Jedi Civil War and the fall of Revan, the First Jedi Purge, and an omnipresent darkness that not only watched the chaos from afar but also kick-started the downfall. Our fanbase would love to see this on Netflix, and I feel that you would enjoy creating and adapting these stories as much as we would enjoy watching them. "
Which, for anyone who's ever loved the Old Republic (whether in novel, video game or comic book form) may well prove a compelling argument. If so, you can sign the already 35,000 signatures-strong petition right here. Of course, there's no guarantee that Netflix will listen, no matter how many fans sign, but if enough do, then you never know.
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