For several years now, filmmaker and extremely rich person George Lucas has been working to create a massive museum dedicated to showcasing his collection of movie memorabilia, illustrations, and graphic art. After his efforts to build the museum in San Francisco were twice rejected, he then took the project to Chicago where he was greeted with open arms and lived happily ever after. Er, well, except for that last part, as we now learn that his Chicago efforts have stalled due to a lawsuit regarding the proposed lakefront location. Seizing on the reported difficulties, Oakland officials are hinting that a second attempt to convince the Californian to bring his museum to the Bay Area may be in the future.
So reports the SF Business Times, which notes that the office of Oakland's Mayor Libby Schaaf appears eager to have another shot at wooing Lucas.
“If plans for a museum in Chicago do not come to fruition," noted Schaaf spokesperson Erica Terry Derryck, "we’d be thrilled to explore the possibility of this exciting project coming to life in Oakland."
Oakland initially proposed an East Bay location for the museum last year, but at the time Lucas still seemed set on Chicago. According to the Times, pro-business advocacy group The Bay Area Council is also considering reaching out to Lucas again.
"We'd be very eager, very interested in facilitating a meeting," BAC vice president for communications Rufus Jeffris told the publication.
So could the museum actually end up back in the Bay Area? Well, that depends on what happens next in Chicago. The Chicago non-profit Friends of the Park is suing to prevent construction on the 17-acre site near Lake Michigan, but city officials are looking to begin construction regardless. A judge is set to decide on April 21 if work can go ahead while the lawsuit moves through the court. If the judge finds in the favor of Friends of the Park, and construction is delayed indefinitely, Oakland may suddenly start to look a lot more appealing.
Previously: Middle Finger Raised To S.F., George Lucas Takes His $700 Million Museum To Chicago