It’s no secret that many Star Wars fans are desperate for more content from the Old Republic era. Before the official announcement regarding the “Knights of the Old Republic” video game remake, fans even launched a petition that got thousands upon thousands of signatures.
With fan-favorite characters like Darth Bane and Darth Revan — the Jedi Knight-turned Sith Lord-turned Jedi Knight many Star Wars lovers want Keanu Reeves to portray in live-action — the Old Republic age existed a thousand years before the Clone Wars.
Now, fans who have been longing for an Old Republic project to actually come to fruition in the existing Star Wars canon — there is plenty of Old Republic material in the Star Wars Legends library, after all — might be getting their wish thanks to a clue from a somewhat surprising source, Lucasfilm’s employee Christmas gift.
Per a post from social media user dannyisyoda [below], the packaging for this year’s gift featured logos from several confirmed Lucasfilm projects, including Indiana Jones 5, Willow, and Mandalorian spinoff series, The Book of Boba Fett, which begins streaming Wednesday, December 29.
The package also, however, features a “Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi” logo that is completely unexplained.
As one article noted:
Given that all we have to speculate on is a logo appearing on a holiday gift, there’s a lot that’s unknown about such a project. Despite Disney relegating the events of the Expanded Universe into the Legends mythology, the studio has begun embracing a variety of components from those stories into the official canon, in ways both subtle and overt. For example, the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake is in development and is considered part of Star Wars Legends, which unfolds in the same time period as the Tales of the Jedi comics, meaning the project could be some sort of tie-in to the release of the video game.
For those who may be unfamiliar with eight-story-arc Dark Horse Comics’ “Tales of the Jedi” series, it is described as:
…six of the eight Tales of the Jedi story arcs take place during the time surrounding the events known collectively as the Great Sith War, a conflict instigated by Sith forces aimed at galactic domination. These six story arcs nominally focus on the Jedi Knight-turned-Sith Lord Ulic Qel-Droma; his love interest, Nomi Sunrider; and a cast of supporting characters, including Ulic’s own brother, Cay Qel-Droma. Likewise, first appearing in Dark Lords of the Sith, the fallen Jedi Exar Kun went on to become a Dark Lord of the Sith and wage war against the Republic and Jedi. The remaining two story arcs, The Golden Age of the Sith and The Fall of the Sith Empire, occur in the year 5000 BBY and revolve around Sith Lord Naga Sadow and his schemes to invade Republic space through his manipulation of the Daragon siblings, Gav and Jori.
Bringing these characters into the existing canon in some fashion could open the door for an expansion of the Star Wars story well beyond the characters from the Skywalker Saga, and could give upcoming movies — like Marvel boss Kevin Feige’s and Thor director Taika Waititi’s — thrilling new directions to explore.
What do you think about Lucasfilm’s employee gift?