David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, make your new Star Wars movies based in the Old Republic!
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David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, just hear me out.
I know you're focusing on the final season of Game of Thrones right now, so you probably haven't yet committed to any kind of storyline for your announced Star Wars movie series. You've said that you're "a little terrified of the responsibility," this is a good thing, it shows you care. I admit, the fandom can be very vocal, but you don't need to be scared; I promise, just give them what they want and they'll love you for it.
Here is the era that people want your storyline to be set in: The Old Republic.
If you've never played the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video games, take some time out of your busy schedules and remedy that. The Old Republic is the perfect setting for the new series; it's the wild west of Star Wars. In the games, you're thrown into an era of the galaxy that is best described as unrefined and even primal in some ways. Instead of galactic superpowers like the Senate, Separatists, Empire, and First Order, you're placed in a galaxy of gangsters and planetary leaders trying to crawl to the top. The galaxy at that time is riddled with truly evil deeds being committed just to get a few extra credits.
I've seen Game of Thrones, I absolutely LOVE what you've done and the story you've created. Let's face it, you guys are good at evil characters; you know how to pull at our heartstrings with the death of a main character or the successes of an evil leader. The Old Republic is set before the Rule of Two, there were hundreds of Jedi and Sith fighting in epic, massive lightsaber battles all over the galaxy. We've already experienced the two secretive dark overlords pulling strings in their galactic superpowers, we want to see something new. I want to see the Battle of the Bastards of Star Wars, massive Jedi and Sith fights; I want to see the main characters struggle through the corrupt, gritty worlds of the Old Republic; I want to see death and sorrow, to see the sacrifice that had to happen to be able to get to the point of Luke and Darth Vader; I want to feel for the characters' losses.
You know what my favorite movies of the franchise have been? Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, Episode 6: Return of the Jedi, and Rogue One (yeah, a prequil and Rogue One, fight me). All of them have are dark, all of them have meaningful sacrifice in them that make them worthy to be rewatched over and over. We need to see this side of the galaxy more. I know this is pushing it, but I want to see a Rated R Star Wars movie (I understand if you can't do that though). The Old Republic notoriously had villains that used slaves, torture, and huge massacres of innocents to get what they wanted.
Star Wars is known for its classic motif of good versus evil, the light versus the dark, but there is so much more than that; there is the grey, the morally ambiguous, the selfish. That leads to mistakes made the characters, the accidental deaths they cause, lessons they have to learn, this is what makes good storytelling. This is what made Game of Thrones so freaking amazing. You never really knew who to root for because everyone had personal goals and legitimate reasons for their actions. This is where your geniuses lie, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, you know how to tell the stories of complex characters.
So, I beg of you, bring that genius to the stories that we, the fans, want to have told. The Old Republic was removed from canon when Disney bought Lucas Arts, which allows you great freedom with the era, but backbone, the structure, the intrigue is all there. The fan base loved the games, loved Revan's story, and wants to see more of it (Petition: "Bring the Old Republic era of Star Wars to Netflix" https://www.change.org/p/the-walt-disney-company-bringing-the-old-republic-era-of-star-wars-to-netflix that has over 220,000 signatures). It's basically an entire galaxy of stories ripe for the picking; you can tell the story of a Jedi in the war, a fallen Jedi, or some gangster that gets wrapped up in the war by accident; I don't know, you guys are the storytellers.
Please, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, at least consider it. Play the games, watch the cinematics, and if you still think there's a better time period for your story, I'll trust your creative judgment and will wait with impatience for the movie's release.
Benioff and Weiss shouldn't begin writing until after Season 8 of Game of Thrones is completed, so if you believe as I do that a series of Old Republic movies would be dope, please sign and share this petition. This could be a real possibility for the movie.
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