There are many parts of the Star Wars canon that have grown popular over the years. The original trilogy is, naturally, by far the most popular setting for Star Wars stories — which explains why both the film Rogue One and the animated show Rebels are set in this era. However, if another era were to rival that of the original trilogy, it may not be the era #TheForceAwakens is set in, but rather the ancient galactic history as presented in the immensely successful video game Knights of the Old Republic.
Over the years, the tales of Darth Revan, Bastila Shan, and the many other characters of Knights of the Old Republic have only become more iconic — especially as Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm sent the popular game spinning into dubious canon territory.
Since then, the animated shows Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels have re-established major plot points and characters from Knights of the Old Republic as canon, meaning that this game is still part of the #StarWars saga. Now, fans are eager to see this go one step further — and are petitioning #Netflix to make a TV show based on the game.
Petition Reaches Over 160k Signatures
First posted in August 2016, a the Change.org petition has finally reached over 160,000 signatures, coming close to achieving its intended goal of 200k. The petition calls on Netflix to create a live action Knights of the Old Republic show in the vein of Narcos or House of Cards — though realistically, the show would be more like Daredevil, blending the fantastical source material with a darker approach.
There's no denying this would work well for the game's plot. Knights of the Old Republic is set 4000 years BBY (before the Battle of Yavin), in a dark time for the Galactic Republic. A Sith lord known as Darth Malak, who was previously a Jedi, has unleashed an armada against the Republic, and it's up to the protagonists of the game to stop him.
At the start of the game, the character you play as seems to be a blank slate, totally customizable by appearance and gender. However, as the story progresses you discover that your character is in fact a brainwashed and amnesiac Darth Revan — the Sith master of Malak himself. Knights of the Old Republic has a very compelling story, which along with the interesting characters (including a murderous droid who seems to have partially inspired #RogueOne's K2-SO) contributed to the game's overwhelming success among fans.
The petition explains why Netflix would be such a good fit for the plot of Knights of the Old Republic, and why the time is right for a Star Wars live action TV show.
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 [of the Republic].
Yet it seems unlikely that this petition will pressure Netflix into picking up the show — after all, the petition has been up for 5 months without provoking a response from either Lucasfilm or the streaming service. Then there's the fact that rumors about a live action Star Wars show hosted by ABC were recently shot down, with the explanation that Lucasfilm is not looking to pursue a live action show at this current time.
However, if the petition proves nothing else it's that fans are still interested in the era Knights of the Old Republic is set in. Even if this isn't picked up for a TV show, there's still the possibility that Lucasfilm will cast its eye backwards into galactic history when they're considering concepts for the next anthology movie — though this would likely follow its own, self contained plot. Well, we can always sign the petition and hope!
Would you watch a 'Knights of the Old Republic' Netflix show?
[Poll image credit: LucasArts / Bioware]