George Lucas’ $1b Star Wars museum finds Los Angeles home

Star Wars filmmaker, George Lucas, has settled on Los Angeles for the home of his $1 billion storytelling museum, after pulling the project from Chicago last year.
Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, said on Tuesday that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be located in Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles.
“I believed in the vision for the Lucas Museum, and we went after it with everything we have because I know that L.A. is the ideal place for making sure that it touches the widest possible audience,” Garcetti said in a statement, thanking Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson.
The museum was initially planned for Chicago, but Lucas ran into legal challenges from an open-spaces group and pulled the project.
Garcetti immediately moved to woo the filmmaker to house the museum in Los Angeles.
The proposed museum, valued at 1 billion dollars and funded by Lucas, would feature exhibitions of Lucas’ collection of paintings, illustrations and digital art from the blockbuster “Star Wars” movie franchise he started in 1977.
“South Los Angeles’s Promise Zone best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship,” the museum’s board of directors said in a statement.
The proposed site for the museum is next to the University of Southern California, where Lucas studied film and met future collaborators, including Steven Spielberg.
Lucas sold his “Star Wars’’ franchise to Walt Disney Co. (DIS.N) in 2012 for 4 billion dollars.