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Los Angeles Will Be Home To George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art

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George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art will be built in Los Angeles, the project’s directors have announced. The $1-billion Exposition Park museum will be funded by Lucas, the creator of “Star Wars.”

The filmmaker’s personal collection of fine and popular art, including ephemera related to his “Star Wars” franchise, will fill a futuristic new museum in L.A.’s Exposition Park, which beat out a competing plan on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. The rivalry had pitted two cities in the competition not only for Lucas’ collection and the tourism it will bring, but also for the thousands of jobs that backers say it will create.

Lucas has said he will fund the project to the tune of about $1 billion, including building costs, his art and an endowment of at least $400 million.

Lucas, 72, has spent about 10 years trying to erect a museum for his art collection, which consists of about 10,000 paintings and illustrations including works by Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and R. Crumb, along with Hollywood memorabilia from films such as “Star Wars” and “The Ten Commandments.” In 2010, he set his sights on his home turf of San Francisco, but faced community opposition from San Francisco’s Presidio Trust about building in the historic park. Lucas then aimed for Chicago, Hobson’s hometown, but encountered resistance from Friends of the Parks about the downtown site along Lake Michigan.

The newest proposals, both featuring designs by Chinese architect Ma Yansong, were aesthetically similar but seemingly opposites in other respects. One was a remote, four-acre site on a breezy island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, beautiful but accessible only by bridge and ferry; the other was a seven-acre location in public transit-friendly, museum-heavy Exposition Park near Lucas’ alma matter, USC.

Lucas chose L.A. largely because Exposition Park positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling his goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship, the board announcement said.

The museum will be surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country’s leading universities as well as three other world-class museums.

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Star Wars Little Golden Books Based On The Films of George Lucas Arriving Soon

Entertainment Weekly has announced that the now Random House imprint will soon publish six Little Golden Books based on the films of George Lucas’ Star Wars saga. The adaptations will arrive in stores on July 28, 2015 with a special boxed set of all six following on September 1, 2015.

“The Star Wars franchise has woven itself into the hearts and minds of generations of fans, many of whom read Little Golden Books as children,” Disney Publishing Worldwide SVP Jeanne Mosure shared. “We’re very excited to be incorporating Little Golden Books into our overarching strategy so parents can now introduce their own children to the wonders of the galaxy through this classic format.”

No creators have been named for the books but traditionally Disney’s Little Golden Books are created in house by animation staffers.

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George Lucas’s Original-Draft Screenplay For The Star Wars To Be Adapted By Dark Horse In An Eight-Issue Comic Series Launching In September

Dark Horse is honored to announce a dream project: working with J.W. Rinzler, executive editor at LucasBooks, and artist Mike Mayhew (Avengers) to adapt the rough-draft original screenplay which spawned the biggest franchise in film history!

 Three years before his 1977 film, George Lucas put down on paper his first story set in a galaxy far, far away—a tale of fantastic adventures, daring escapes, “lazer swords,” romance, and monsters. A story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo, and evil Sith Knights. The screenplay was titled The Star Wars!

“I’m not sure where I first read about The Star Wars—it was years and years ago—but the idea of Luke Skywalker being an older Jedi General, and Han Solo being a six-foot-tall lizard, turned my Star Wars fan brain on its side,” said longtime Star Wars editor Randy Stradley. “I always assumed this would be one of those stories that would be ‘lost to history,’ so getting to work on bringing it to life is kinda like a dream come true.”

“While researching in the Lucasfilm Archives I’ve found many treasures—but one which truly astounded me was George’s rough draft for The Star Wars. His first complete imaginings were hallucinating to read—mind blowing,” said writer J.W. Rinzler. “While working with George on another book project, I once asked if we could adapt his rough draft. He was hesitant. Years later, with Dark Horse’s invaluable help, we showed him a few drawn and colored pages of what it might look like. He gave us the okay.”

Originally conceived in 1974, The Star Wars has been the subject of rumor and legend in the fan community throughout the history of the galaxy far, far away. Now, Lucas has seen fit to grant Dark Horse the right to adapt this fabled story into an eight-issue comic series launching in September!

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George Lucas Confirms Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill & Carrie Fisher’s Return to Star Wars

In an interview with Devin Leonard of Bloomberg Businessweek, George Lucas confirmed that negotiations are in place for Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to come back for the upcoming Star Wars films.

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