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With the newly revived Star Wars universe in full swing, a timeline of proper episodes, as well as the Star Wars Story spinoffs, are running into one continuous timeline of excitement. With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the young Han Solo film heading our way, the sky is the limit for stories to be told in the Star Wars galaxy. But there's one story J.J. Abrams would love to see told, a story that would make for the perfect bridge between the older films and the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That story involves the infamous Knights of Ren.
Collider obtained this information straight from the man himself, as Abrams was holding court during the press day for Star Trek Beyond. Crossing the streams of geekdom, J.J. Abrams commented on the other "star" franchise in his canon, making the following wish be known:
I gotta say Kathy Kennedy, who's running it all, she seems to be pushing all the right buttons. There isn't something that I'd love to see---I guess the one thing I would say is there's a Knights of Ren story that I think would be pretty cool to tell.
Seeing as J.J. Abrams co-wrote the story for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, thus creating the Knights of Ren organization that would see Ben Solo revise his identity as Kylo Ren, you would think that the first person to jump in line to write the script would be Abrams himself. Certainly, he has to have an idea as to where / how this group came to be in the ashes of the Galactic Empire, only to flourish and take power with the New Order in the era of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, it sounds like J.J. Abrams is comfortable with letting someone else take over the story, as he doesn't exactly make the case that he's rushing to tell it himself.
So it's at this point that we have to ask, who would be the perfect candidate to jump in and tell the Star Wars Story involving the Knights of Ren? Well, two random, but fitting names come to mind when it comes to the task of telling such a dark and action packed story: Joe Carnahan and Robert Rodriguez. Out of the two, we'd have to say that Rodriguez would be the more prudent choice, as he's mixed it up with all age groups in his material, and he's kinda-sorta worked with Disney in the past, albeit through their former partner Miramax. Still, if Carnahan were to announce he wanted to take a swing at making Kylo Ren's origins into a new film, you wouldn't hear us complaining.
Both candidates would be able to take the dark origins of the latest cadre of baddies and make a film that's suitably serious about the subject matter. But, as we've seen with Gareth Edwards and his work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there's a chance that there may be a disconnect between the tone the studio is expecting, and that of what their potential finished product would look like. So yeah, both parties might not be interested in making this happen, but it's still a nice dream.
And a dream is what this Knights of Ren spinoff shall remain, at least until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story drops in theaters on December 16th, convincing the world that a spin-off universe is a profitable prospect. In which case, we wouldn't be surprised if this is announced as the third spin off.