After attempting to open a museum in multiple different American cities, George Lucas finally received approval from the Los Angeles city council to move forward with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, according to Deadline. The project will cost $1.5 billion to create and will be built in Exposition Park, which is right next door to USC, where Lucas attended film school.
Previously, the museum was planned for both Chicago and San Francisco, but after pushbacks from the cities, the museum set its sights on Los Angeles. The museum board claimed that the project would result in 1,500 construction jobs and over 350 permanent jobs for residents of the city.
Mayor Eric Garcetti revealed of the decision, “People come to Los Angeles from all over the world to be inspired by art, and to see things they have only imagined become real through storytelling.” He added, “The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will add another world-class institution to our city’s cultural landscape, and bring a breathtaking architectural jewel to Exposition Park."
According to the museum's website, the facility "will present original work by world-renowned and emerging artists, cutting-edge digital technologies, and daily film screenings in state-of-the-art theaters, as well as extraordinary educational opportunities for students of all ages."
The facility also claims it "will feature a bold new architectural design and will be a one-of-a-kind gathering place to experience collections,
"I am proud to have worked with George Lucas and Mellody Hobson to bring this incredible gift to Los Angeles — and I applaud the City Council for voting to approve a gem for South L.A. that will touch the lives of Angelenos and visitors for generations to come," revealed Garcetti.
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will reportedly contain various collectibles and items of memorabilia from Lucas' personal collection.
Earlier this week, Lucas himself had a run-in with some "fans" who were hoping to score the Star Wars director's signature. Lucas obliged, but when one autograph hound asked for one signature too many, Lucas clearly grew annoyed.
Lucas snapped, "I'm not going to keep doing that, guys. This is $200 a signature so why don't you just go out and get a job." Adding, "These people are here to make money, they're not fans, they just wanna make money."
Knowing how much his signature was worth, Lucas pointed out, "He just got a thousand dollars worth of stuff, if he wants."