Reuters confirms it: Chicago selected for George Lucas' 'storytelling' museum. Last week NPR reported on the project which is said to feature such American treasures as Star Wars props and Norman Rockwell paintings. The project is still several years off - the plans for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art aren't expected until later this year - but at least you'll have one more stop in Chicago next time you visit after the Improv Olympic and Second City.
Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are competing for George Lucas' vast archives which include his art collection as well as cinematic artifacts. From NPR:
In an announcement that is so stunning and game changing in its scope that we had to check the date to make sure that it wasn't April 1st, Walt Disney Company has entered into an agreement to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. from George Lucas as we enter into Kathleen Kennedy's stewardship of the most beloved space fantasy franchise in history.
Lucasfilm Ltd. today announced that Kathleen Kennedy will become Co-Chair of Lucasfilm. In an effort to move forward with his retirement plans, George Lucas will work with Kathleen Kennedy to transition into her new role. Lucas will become Co-Chairman of the Board of Lucasfilm and continue as CEO. Micheline Chau will remain as President and COO of Lucasfilm, and continue to focus on the day-to-day operations of the business.
Ridley Scott, the creative genius behind several Hollywood blockbuster films such as “Alien,” “Blade Runner” and “Gladiator,” returns to SCIENCE this February with the remaining four episodes of the critically acclaimed PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION. Through the series, Scott explores the connections between science fiction and science fact.
The New York Times conducts a revealing and insightful interview with George Lucas for his Tuskegee Airmen biopic, Red Tails, which hits theaters this Friday. Some highlights include his desire to back away from big blockbuster type movies and focus on smaller personal art films, the pushback he received from the studios for the World War II adventure drama resulting in Lucas putting up the money himself, and what he really thinks about all those complaining fanboys. After all these years, he's still the renegade.