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May 16, 2016

San Francisco in Talks for Lucas Museum After Chicago Delays

Representatives of George Lucas have resumed talks with San Francisco officials about a site for the Star Wars creator's proposed museum of art and film memorabilia, reports the Chicago Tribune. The talks have centered around a location on Treasure Island, a former naval base that is being redeveloped.

Mr. Lucas initially planned to build the museum in San Francisco and sought a site at the Presidio, but that plan was rejected in February 2014 by the trust that oversees the military base-turned-national park. The filmmaker then set his sights on Chicago, but efforts to locate the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the Lake Michigan waterfront have been caught in a protracted legal battle with a Friends of the Park, local preservation group.

The Lucas camp says that fight has forced it to consider other cities for the project, to which the filmmaker has pledged $743 million of his fortune. Aaron Peskin, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, said there will be a series of meetings in the coming weeks to discuss the Treasure Island proposal. He said the “devil is in the details,” asserting that the museum must be built without taxpayer money and make economic sense for the city.