George Lucas needed some time to decide exactly where his Museum of Narrative Art will call home. And, after weighing up the pro's and con's, it was Los Angeles who eventually won out in the $1b project. The man himself is expected to foot the majority, if not all of the bill entirely. All as the project is described to be a gift to the city awarded to LA by the Star Wars filmmaker.
Lucas’ extensive collection of art and film memorabilia is virtually unparalleled in the entertainment industry. Having a hand in every installment in the famous franchise excluding Rogue One, while being either a writer, producer or director in Indiana Jones, Willow and 1994's Beverly Hills Cop II. Some will see this as a missed opportunity to have such a wealth of Hollywood treasures outside of Los Angeles. But it was only ever going to reside in a location that can draw people in.
Mayor Over The Moon At Lucas Decision
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti understood the impact this will have on the local economy. Keeping such iconic pieces of memorabilia within the city via a museum that has the look and feel of something from the Star Wars universe. Therefore this can only be seen as a win-win for the city.
“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 explained in his public statement. “I am deeply grateful to Mellody and George, and to our educational, governmental, and cultural leaders for their extraordinary support in helping us bring the museum home. Now it’s time to build the vision.”
This brand new facility will reside adjacent to USC. After turning down the opportunity in Treasure Island at San Francisco Bay. Though a big win for the city, no official opening date has been released as of yet.
Will Franchise Continue To Go Back For The Future?
With two characters Princess Leia and Tarkin given the CGI treatment for their inclusion in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, filmmakers have admitted that such technology might be utilized in the franchise moving forward. All to help the lineage of the narrative. Editor John Gilroy did not throw the concept out of hand. Saying that once the model has been used successfully then the chances of a recurrence grow.
"What you could do is what they did with Tarkin, where you're literally resurrecting someone, but that's always very challenging to do," said Gilroy. "That's very hard to do. Things like that could happen, but I'm sure they have a price tag, too."