HolyCoast: Revenge of the (Guy Who Created the) Sith

Monday, May 14, 2012

Revenge of the (Guy Who Created the) Sith

George Lucas wanted to build a complete movie studio on his property in Marin County but his neighbors have fought it all along the way.  Lucas has decided if he can't have his movie studio he'll give the neighbors something they'll like even less:
So what is George Lucas going to do with his property now that he’s tired of his rich neighbors putting up a not-in-my-backyard stink? He wants to transform the property into low-income housing, naturally, ending their official statement with this zinger, “If everyone feels that housing is less impactful on the land, then we are hoping that people who need it the most will benefit.”

He’s working with the Marin Community Foundation to instead construct affordable housing for either low-income families or seniors living on small, fixed incomes. In order to smooth along the development, he’s already given them all of the pricey technical studies and land surveys Lucasfilm spent years conducting. And we think that’s just great. Because if there’s one thing rich people will hate more than having movie magic made in their backyard, it’s poor people moving in.
Of course, he doesn't have to build anything there. This is his way of flipping off his neighbors.


Sam L. said...

It's his penance for creating Jar Jar Binks. Not enough, but a start.

Larry said...

I grew up thinking that Lucas was a movie-making god. Then you hear about stuff like this:

David Prowse, the guy in the Darth Vader costume in the first three films hasn't been paid a cent for Return of the Jedi because Lucas claims the film hasn't made a profit.

“I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we’ve got nothing to send you.”

Box Office Mojo puts the lifetime take at $475 million, not including the $88 million it made upon re-release in 1997. With a production budget of $32.5 million.

If Lucas want's to play 'net profit' versus 'gross profit' games to keep from paying his employees, then he's a douche-bag.

Sam L. said...

And then there's this take: