After Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, John Knoll heard about some of the early concepts for new "Star Wars" movies and was not impressed with any of them. He began developing his idea for this film and started talking it up to his fellow ILM employees, refining the story into a 30-minute pitch. People at ILM liked it so much that he was encouraged to bring it to Kathleen Kennedy, the new president of Lucasfilm. She loved the pitch and the movie was put into production.
On May 4, 2020, Taika Waititi (who directed the first-season finale of The Mandalorian) was officially announced to direct a Star Wars film from a screenplay he was co-writing with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. His film is expected to be released before Rogue Squadron, which was initially scheduled for December 2023 prior to being removed from the release schedule. Kathleen Kennedy stated in May 2022 that Waititi's film would be released in late 2023. Waititi expressed solidarity with Kennedy's view that the films should move into new territory rather than be bogged down with origin stories. In late June, Waititi said he was still working on the story and would continue writing through the end of 2022 while he films other projects. In early July, The Hollywood Reporter indicated that "an early 2023 start" was being considered. The movie will reportedly be shot in Los Angeles.
Produced by Wong Kar-wai, comedy See You Tomorrow kicked off at No. 1 in China with $37.9M. Zhang Jiajia directs the pic that stars Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Angelababy. Alibaba Pictures provided backing to the movie about a married painter who has an affair with a younger woman. Zhang adapted her own short story from the collection I Belonged to You. Audiences gave it a 4.9 rating on social media. 2b1af7f3a8