George Lucas Uses Light Saber On Marin County Neighbors!
SAN RAFAEL, California: In 1978, a year after Star Wars was released, George Lucas began building his movie production company far from Hollywood, in the quiet hills and valley of Marin County just north of San Francisco. Starting with Skywalker Ranch, the various pieces of Lucasfilm came together over the decades behind the large trees on his 2500-hectare property, invisible from the single two-lane road that snakes through the area.
And even as his fame grew, Lucas earned his neighbours' respect through his discretion. Marin, one of America's richest counties, liked it that way.
But after spending years and millions of dollars, Lucas abruptly cancelled plans recently for the third, and most likely last, major expansion, citing community opposition. An emotional statement posted online said Lucasfilm would build instead in a place "that sees us as a creative asset, not as an evil empire".
If the announcement took Marin by surprise, it was nothing compared to what came next. Lucas said he would sell the land to a developer to bring "low income housing" here.
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