A new rumor has suggested that the upcoming series of Star Wars films by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will take place during the Old Republic era.
Via Comicbook.com, Star Wars News Net has reported that one of its sources, a contact who “has worked on every Disney Star Wars film,” is “95% confident” that this new series will in fact take place in the Old Republic, which has been featured in such games as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic.
This rumored time period, according to the source, has been chosen as “Disney wants to open up the Star Wars timeline and appeal to a more ‘Game of Throne’ style audience.”
The films are said to take place “hundreds of years prior to the Skywalkers,” and the source is claiming that these films will almost be “Star Wars meets Lord of the Rings” and that filming will begin this Fall.
Star Wars News Net stresses that this is still a rumor as it has only one source, and although the source has been “reliable in the past,” it’s important not to get too ahead of ourselves just quite yet.
If these films do indeed take place hundreds of years before the Skywalkers, it would most likely not be around the time of Knights of the Old Republic, which took place 4000 years before the formation of the Galactic Republic.
However, considering that KOTOR isn’t canon anymore, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Benioff and Weiss to potentially add in some nods for fans of those stories, in a similar fashion to what Dave Filoni did in Star Wars Rebels.
It was revealed early last year that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would be writing and producing a new series of Star Wars films. No further details were given, but it was confirmed that these films would be separate from both the Skywalker Saga and the upcoming trilogy of films being developed by The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson.
As for Game of Thrones, the final season will begin on April 14 and it recently received a new trailer that we’ve broken down and detailed each and every clue.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who believes Knights of the Old Republic is one of his favorite games of all time. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.