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Star Wars: Could 'Knights of the Old Republic' become a movie?

Lucasarts' famous video game might be getting the silver screen treatment

Since Disney's acquisition of the Star Wars franchise, it seems there are a lot of new projects up in the air. There's Episode VII (of course) and the recently confirmed spin-off movies. But the latest in a long string of rumours suggests that the ever-popular video game, 'Knights of the Old Republic' could make the leap from console to cinema screen.

Harry Knowles over at Ain't It Cool News reports rumours that a 'Knights of the Old Republic' screenplay could be in the works. Drew Karpyshyn, the man who "created the scenario and much of the dialogue" in Knights of the Old Republic left video game giant Bioware last year to pursue an unknown screenwriting project. Harry explains that "Bioware is a hot bed of rumour regarding the notion that Drew Karpyshyn is working up a screenplay for a film version of Knights of the Old Republic."

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Now that's an awful lot of speculation, but if it's true, well… it's absolutely brilliant news. 'Knights of the Old Republic' has been a fan favourite since its release back in 2003, spawning a sequel, comic book spin-off and even an MMO (which Drew Karpyshyn also worked on). With a story that takes place at an even longer time ago, in the galaxy far, far away, the Old Republic delves into the ancient history of the Jedi and Sith, allowing for a game experience that sits firmly within the Star Wars universe but definitely isn't bound by the events of the films.

By making a film that goes back in time several thousand years, Lucasfilm can explore the rich history of the galaxy they've created… while avoiding the risk of annoying loyal fans. Of course, 'Knights of the Old Republic' has spawned its own fan base but as long as the film is handled with care, it's likely to be a huge hit amongst Star Wars fans. Featuring iconic characters such as Revan and the inimitable HK-47, as well as a plot that rivals the original trilogy, Knights of the Old Republic certainly has a lot to offer Hollywood.

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Over at Drew Karpyshyn's website, he explains that "I don't have any produced or sold screenplays yet. I have one script that's nearly complete, and I will be looking for an agent soon to help me market it to major Hollywood studios." So while Lucasfilm don't seem to be involved at this stage, it's certainly an interesting rumour… and one that could potentially produce one hell of a film

"Is this true?" Harry Knowles ponders. "Or just the idle gossip of hard working game designers at Bioware?" As a fan of the games (and a huge fan of the movies) I certainly hope it's more than that.

What do you think of 'Knights of the Old Republic'? Do you think it would work well as a movie?