It’s as if [almost 50,000] voices cried out in demand for a new Star Wars series. Yes, that’s exactly what’s happening right now. According to a report by ComicBook.com’s Charlie Ridgely, a petition to start a new Netflix series highlighting the Old Republic era of Star Wars has been initiated, and as of Thursday, it had nearly 40,000 signatures.
The Old Republic is an era in Star Wars lore set approximately 3,000 years before the movies. It was initially popularized by the 2003 single-player video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. A single-player sequel was later released in 2004, and then, in 2011, a massively multiplayer online (MMO) iteration was released in 2011.
Though no longer officially a part of official Star Wars canon, the Old Republic era still holds a lot of weight when it comes to Star Wars followers. From the story of Darth Revan (no spoilers) to the sacking of Coruscant and the Jedi Temple, there are a lot of meaningful events for casual and diehard fans alike.
The petition states that Netflix was specifically chosen “because of the wealth of great content they have produced over the years.” It goes on to mention shows like Narcos and House of Cards, highlighting the Marvel live-action shows, as well. Additionally, the petition says that Netflix has the ability to “tell these stories as they were meant to be portrayed: dark, foreboding and a touch on the mature side.”
Netflix currently has Star Wars: The Clone Wars available for streaming, which is considered to be a part of canon.
With regard to the inspiration between behind the fans’ collective desire for an Old Republic-based TV series, BioWare and EA have undoubtedly influenced that with their MMO’s movie-rivaling quality of cinematics.
Just take a look at the intro cinematic when you first log in to SWTOR.
Upon reaching its goal, the petition will be delivered to The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm. Jasmine St. Philippe, the starter of the petition, simply writes in the petition, “Bring the Old Republic era of Star Wars to Netflix.”
Until there’s an update, let’s just do another run-through of KOTOR 1.