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Officials scramble to keep Lucas studio in Marin County

  • File - In this file photo of an artist rendering released by Lucas Films, a drawing of the proposed Industry Light & Magic campus, is shown. Lucasfilm Ltd., the force behind the Star Wars movies, said it has abandoned plans to build a big digital production studio on historic farmland in northern California, citing opposition from neighbors worried the environmental impact. The company owned by filmmaker George Lucas said it planned to construct new facilities elsewhere. (AP Photo/Lucas Films, file)

SAN RAFAEL — Marin County officials are scrambling to convince filmmaker George Lucas not to abandon plans to build a sprawling movie studio north of San Francisco, but the company says it's too late.

Lucasfilm Ltd. shocked the community Tuesday when it announced it was scrapping the Grady Ranch project, citing regulatory delays and bitter opposition from homeowners.

The company behind the "Star Wars" movies said it would build the digital media studio elsewhere and sell the Lucas Valley property to a developer interested in building low-income housing.

The Marin Independent Journal (http://bit.ly/HP8mSS ) reports that county supervisors are offering to help remove regulatory barriers and fight possible lawsuits.

But company spokeswoman Lynne Hale says it's "too late" for Lucasfilm to reconsider the decision because it is already behind in its production schedule.


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