Lucasfilm rejects bid to restart Marin County studio project

  • 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 — A company owned by George Lucas on Wednesday rejected a move by Marin County officials to persuade the filmmaker to resurrect a plan to build a massive film studio there.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a resolution commending the "Star Wars" creator and calling on him to move forward with the controversial Grady Ranch project.

The panel pledged to help Lucasfilm Ltd. clear regulatory hurdles that could slow down its construction.

Nearly 30 speakers praised the studio project and contributions by Lucas to the community at the meeting, the Marin Independent Journal (http://bit.ly/HStfyR ) reported.

"George, I want to thank you for all you have done," declared Supervisor Judy Arnold, speaking at a camera used for the county's webcast. "Reconsider! Come back! Let's finish the Grady Ranch project!"

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