George Lucas will open a Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, reports Chicago Tribune. The $1.5 billion project, which Lucas is paying for in whole, will celebrate the history of storytelling, from cave paintings to digital film. The museum will be located close to the University of South California, Lucas’ alma mater.
“I realized that the whole concept of narrative art has been forgotten,” Lucas told the L.A. City Council when presenting the plans for the museum.
Museum president Don Bacigalupi said that the exhibits in the museum will include storyboards, costumes, and props from classic films such as Casablanca and The Wizard of Oz. Oh, and there’s also a bit of cool Star Wars stuff, in case you were wondering.
“Everything from Luke Skywalker’s first lightsaber to Darth Vader’s costume and helmet,” said Bacigalupi. Hopefully, a few pieces by legendary concept artist Ralph McQuarrie will make it into one of the exhibits.
The Indiana Jones franchise, which was created by Lucas and Steven Spielberg, will also be included in the museum. Bacigalupi did not go into detail about what pieces we can expect from this particular franchise. Perhaps the whip and hat?
The Museum of Narrative Art was originally pitched to San Francisco and Chicago, but both cities declined.