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George Lucas museum cliffhanger: LA or San Francisco?

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/3/2017 By JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press
This concept design provided by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art shows a rendering of their proposed museum on Treasure Island in San Francisco. In January George Lucas, the legendary filmmaker, is expected to decide whether he will put a museum for his extensive personal art collection in San Francisco or Los Angeles, after other attempts were upended by community opposition. (Lucas Museum of Narrative Art via AP) © The Associated Press This concept design provided by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art shows a rendering of their proposed museum on Treasure Island in San Francisco. In January George Lucas, the legendary filmmaker, is expected to decide whether he will put a museum for his extensive personal art collection in San Francisco or Los Angeles, after other attempts were upended by community opposition. (Lucas Museum of Narrative Art via AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For nearly a decade, George Lucas has been trying to build a museum for his personal art collection.

In this Jan. 16, 2014, photo George Lucas speaks in Singapore. For nearly a decade Lucas has been trying to build a museum for his extensive personal art collection. In January, the legendary filmmaker is expected to decide whether he will put the museum in San Francisco or Los Angeles, after other attempts were upended by community opposition. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File) © The Associated Press In this Jan. 16, 2014, photo George Lucas speaks in Singapore. For nearly a decade Lucas has been trying to build a museum for his extensive personal art collection. In January, the legendary filmmaker is expected to decide whether he will put the museum in San Francisco or Los Angeles, after other attempts were upended by community opposition. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

After several false starts, the filmmaker will decide in January whether to put his museum in San Francisco or Los Angeles.

This concept design provided by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art shows a rendering of their proposed museum on Treasure Island in San Francisco. In January George Lucas, the legendary filmmaker, is expected to decide whether he will put a museum for his extensive personal art collection in San Francisco or Los Angeles, after other attempts were upended by community opposition. (Lucas Museum of Narrative Art via AP) © The Associated Press This concept design provided by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art shows a rendering of their proposed museum on Treasure Island in San Francisco. In January George Lucas, the legendary filmmaker, is expected to decide whether he will put a museum for his extensive personal art collection in San Francisco or Los Angeles, after other attempts were upended by community opposition. (Lucas Museum of Narrative Art via AP)

The prize is big, and both cities want it badly.

This concept design provided by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art shows a rendering of their proposed museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. In January George Lucas, the legendary filmmaker, is expected to decide whether he will put a museum for his extensive personal art collection in San Francisco or Los Angeles, after other attempts were upended by community opposition. (Lucas Museum of Narrative Art via AP) © The Associated Press This concept design provided by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art shows a rendering of their proposed museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. In January George Lucas, the legendary filmmaker, is expected to decide whether he will put a museum for his extensive personal art collection in San Francisco or Los Angeles, after other attempts were upended by community opposition. (Lucas Museum of Narrative Art via AP)

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, as it will be called, promises hundreds of jobs, a high-profile cultural attraction — and it's essentially free.

This concept design provided by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art shows a rendering of their proposed museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. In January George Lucas, the legendary filmmaker, is expected to decide whether he will put a museum for his extensive personal art collection in San Francisco or Los Angeles, after other attempts were upended by community opposition. (Lucas Museum of Narrative Art via AP) © The Associated Press This concept design provided by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art shows a rendering of their proposed museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. In January George Lucas, the legendary filmmaker, is expected to decide whether he will put a museum for his extensive personal art collection in San Francisco or Los Angeles, after other attempts were upended by community opposition. (Lucas Museum of Narrative Art via AP)

The "Star Wars" creator is financing the project himself. He plans to spend more than $1 billion to build the museum, endow it and provide a trove of initial artworks valued at over $400 million.

In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, sculptures from the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition face a proposed site of the George Lucas Museum on Treasure Island in San Francisco. For nearly a decade, George Lucas has been trying to build a museum for his extensive personal art collection. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) © The Associated Press In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, sculptures from the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition face a proposed site of the George Lucas Museum on Treasure Island in San Francisco. For nearly a decade, George Lucas has been trying to build a museum for his extensive personal art collection. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti says Los Angeles is "the natural home" for Lucas' museum. A San Francisco official says he thinks Lucas' heart is in the Bay Area.

In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, a sign welcomes visitors to Treasure Island in San Francisco. For nearly a decade, George Lucas has been trying to build a museum for his extensive personal art collection. San Francisco has offered Lucas the site of Treasure Island, across the Bay from the city's popular Embarcadero neighborhood. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

In this Dec. 14, 2016, photo, a sign welcomes visitors to Treasure Island in San Francisco. For nearly a decade, George Lucas has been trying to build a museum for his extensive personal art collection. San Francisco has offered Lucas the site of Treasure Island, across the Bay from the city's popular Embarcadero neighborhood. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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