Now that George Lucas has retired after selling Lucasfilm to Disney late last year, the man behind legendary film franchises such as ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ can kick back and relax after all those years of rolling out clone troopers and Jedi warriors. As most retired people do, Lucas is using his newly increased spare time to indulge in a passion of his. Thanks to all the money he’s made from his film career, he plans to open a museum.
According to CBS News, Lucas has been collecting art since he was in film school and has been a lover of all sorts of art ever since. The father of the Trilogy reveals that he even wanted to be an illustrator at one point in his life. Now, he plans on sharing his love for art with the world by opening a museum in San Francisco overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. With this museum, he hopes to inspire and educate young people about art and it’s impact on storytelling. In addition to paintings, he plans to feature other mediums of art in order to convey his message as well.
“This museum, if anything, is a dedication to cultural fantasy. How do you design environments, how do you design sets, how do you design characters, how do you design costumes? Part of the museum is designed to educate people into the idea of storytelling, into the idea of being able to paint your fantasies, which is what ‘Star Wars’ was.”
Check out the video below to see exactly what George Lucas has in store for his new museum:
While I find the contents of this planned museum to be interesting, I wonder if Lucas will present events himself on storytelling and other topics. Maybe he could even call in some friends to do events as well, like maybe his successor in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise, J.J. Abrams. Have you seen his TED Talk? That guy has some interesting things to share.
No word yet on when the museum will open, but when it does, it definitely sounds like some place that I’d like to visit next time I’m in NorCal. What do you think about George Lucas’ idea for a museum? Does this sound like a place you’d want to visit? Share your thoughts in the comments below!