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George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum

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  • Why bother? (Score:5, Funny)

    by MrEricSir (398214) on Wednesday June 25, 2014 @12:12AM (#47312395) Homepage

    The only Lucas art museum I need is ScummVM [scummvm.org].

  • "Narrative Farts, more like."
  • woot! (Score:5, Funny)

    by jsepeta (412566) on Wednesday June 25, 2014 @12:33AM (#47312487) Homepage

    i hope he has a whole wing devoted to jar jar binks

  • by Vinegar Joe (998110) on Wednesday June 25, 2014 @12:34AM (#47312491)

    Well.....I guess that's one museum I'll never be visiting.

    • Well.....I guess that's one museum I'll never be visiting.

      You've never been to Chicago have you?
      There are murders, but they almost entirely gang on gang. Hell, most of them aren't even gangs, they're just teenagers being idiots. I've lived nearby, visited often and never felt threated or gotten mugged. The part of the city where all the museums are (I'm assuming that's where this will go) is very nice and well policed. Also, thanks to the supreme court, you can carry a handgun for protection now!

  • Please rethink it and keep it in California.

    That way it's easier to change it from year to year. Less travel when you have to choose who shoots first and add fart jokes.

  • by zapatero (68511) on Wednesday June 25, 2014 @12:36AM (#47312501) Journal

    Yep, George married Mellody Hobson, and she's a native of Chicago - born there, grew up there. Think she had any influence on this?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Sell the theatrical versions on HD media for ANH/ESB/ROTJ in the gift shop.

    No CG bullshit, Han shoots first, and Sebastian Shaw is Anakin at the end of ROTJ. Complete with all the wonderful compositing errors around the miniatures and fighters in the space scenes (it's that slight colour mismatch you can sometimes see around things where they glued the footage together to create the final shots).

    I'm basically talking about the Laserdisc versions on Bluray or something, dumped from those special archival ree

    • by dltaylor (7510)

      Please.

      My LaserDiscs are getting old, and if I just "archive" them, I'll be accused of faking the footage, since the kids have generally only seen the bogus version.

    • by 91degrees (207121)
      I like most of the CG. The only problem is the stupid extra bits that were added. I have no problem with a dewback closer to the foreground, or no blur under the landspeeder. The Ronton, the "Han shot first" bit and Jabba are seriously the only problems.
  • by bayankaran (446245) on Wednesday June 25, 2014 @01:17AM (#47312659) Homepage
    When the current generation who grew up on Star Wars go away, will it remain in public memory like paintings or music, or even cinema? And that too at Chicago, home to excellent museums.
    Me thinks there is no permanence to Star Wars. Its already looking dated and silly.
    Meanwhile '2012 A Space Odyssey' still feels fresh.
    • by SpzToid (869795) on Wednesday June 25, 2014 @01:51AM (#47312765)

      '2012 A Space Odyssey' probably still feels fresh to you because it was only two years ago.

      And Han shot first, because I was there when he did it, and I saw him do it.

      [/sarcasm]

    • When the current generation who grew up on Star Wars go away, will it remain in public memory like paintings or music, or even cinema?

      That's about the silliest way to phrase a question I've ever heard... I know, it's probably meant to sound intellectual, but really you just sound like a pretentious jackass to ask "will this movie be remembered like this type of art, that type of art, and movies?"

      Me thinks there is no permanence to Star Wars. Its already looking dated and silly. Meanwhile '2012 A S

    • Wrong

      My 5 year old boy and 7 year old girl freakin love Star Wars.They have watched and rewatched all six movies.

      Most of their little friends love Star Wars, too. Take a look at toy stores, and you fill find sections of Star Wars junk, indicating the continued interest among youngsters..

      Star Wars.has already been "passed down" to the next generation.

  • ..Star Wars Museum robbed!
  • by Scot Seese (137975) on Wednesday June 25, 2014 @02:33AM (#47312889)

    Well.. ,

    Hardly surprising. This is the same kind of decision typically made by large entertainment ventures - e.g., Six Flags, Universal, etc. - after doing careful studies of population density, demographics and travel connections.

    You've all heard the " ... there are N millions of people within a 4-hour drive or 1 flight,no transfer, from Y amusement park." Yep, same math.

    While New York or LA may be closer to the entertainment industry, Chicago is central to the people who matter most - The fans.

    If you stuck a pin in Chicago on the map and plotted a circle to estimate how many millions of people live within 2 states in any given direction - easy traveling considering the transportation arteries that converge into I-80 & I-94 - it's a hell of a lot of people. That one of the largest, most capable international airports in the world - O'Hare - sits on the edge of town, massively connected through multiple rail, bus and taxi lines - is a big fat cherry on top.

    This is the kind of head-scratching math that puts enormous amusement parks like Kings Island in Cincinnati Ohio, or Six Flags halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee in the middle of nowhere - because they are actually in the middle of a ton of midwesterners unafraid of a car trip.

    Having the ability to ride the nations' only electric interstate train all the way from South Bend, Indiana to Millennium Station in the heart of downtown Chicago for $22 round trip - I can't wait for the museum to open!

    • Having the ability to ride the nations' only electric interstate train all the way from South Bend, Indiana to Millennium Station in the heart of downtown Chicago for $22 round trip - I can't wait for the museum to open!

      There are other electric interstate trains in the US.

    • by locust (6639)

      actually this has more to do with the presidio trust screwing him over for 4 years.

      http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/... [sfgate.com]

  • by Animats (122034) on Wednesday June 25, 2014 @02:37AM (#47312901) Homepage

    Lucas originally wanted this location [google.com] for his monument to himself. It's in open space in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, with unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay, and Alcatraz. That's one of the great urban waterfront public spaces of the world. So that plan was very unpopular in SF. Another location was proposed, some unused piers a few miles down the waterfront in the tourist waterfront area, but that wasn't dramatic enough for Lucas.

    • No... that needs to be reserved for the Star Trek museum. Where was San Francisco in Star Wars? Nowhere... but the center of the Star Trek Universe is... you got it... Star Fleet Academy in San Francisco.

      • No... that needs to be reserved for the Star Trek museum. Where was San Francisco in Star Wars? Nowhere... but the center of the Star Trek Universe is... you got it... Star Fleet Academy in San Francisco.

        The center of the Star Trek Universe is fat, sweaty virgins.

    • There's much less chance of his museum being destroyed by either Godzilla's defensive maneuvers or the dawn of a race of super apes taking over the planet.
  • by tstur (38065)

    Could he have selected a more pompous name for the place?

  • by Charcharodon (611187) on Wednesday June 25, 2014 @05:35AM (#47313385)
    George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco

    Great Choice Georgee it fits with the theme.

    You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy

    Poor Han he still won't be able to shoot first there either. Maybe you should have picked Florida instead, we have more reasonable gun laws down here.

    • George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco

      Great Choice Georgee it fits with the theme.

      You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy

      Poor Han he still won't be able to shoot first there either. Maybe you should have picked Florida instead, we have more reasonable gun laws down here.

      HEH!

      Okay that got a laugh outta me.

      So.

      Damn.

      TRUE!

  • As a Chicagoan who's going into museum curation for his career, I look forward to applying for a job here.
  • They could have put it in Detroit and used the city itself as an example of post-bombardment Taris.
  • Fits (Score:4, Funny)

    by slapout (93640) on Wednesday June 25, 2014 @09:12AM (#47314233)

    Chicago. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

  • Chicago - gave us our first truly anti-American President.

  • by azav (469988)

    He had that neck bag thing back then too.

    All that money and he hasn't gotten his neck pouch removed.

    Strange.

  • He's a big fan of star wars in the books
  • Well, if there's a bright center to the universe, this museum's in the city that it's farthest from.
  • Where else but on the Chicago Lakefront will be it easy to recreate the ice planet of Hoth?

    Its so cute when Americans from the lower 48 talk about how cold some place gets; sort of like when Canadians talk about heat waves.

  • Along with permanent exhibits, such as theaters running constant loops of Greedo shooting first and Indiana Jones fighting aliens, there can be loaned works, such as the Mona Lisa. Da Vinci changed her frown to a smile in the re-release.

  • ... they're doing it while many still have somewhat of a high regard for the franchise. Once Disney's marketing prodigies butcher the upcoming installments, I think that Star Wars may become the poster-child for the evils of unchecked corporate oversight. It may take until the 25th century for that stigma to wane; just in time build a museum in New Chicago.

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