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Lucas to face lawsuit over museum?

George Lucas could face legal action over the location of his planned private museum in Chicago.

Open space advocates have vowed to file a lawsuit against the Star Wars creator over the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which they claim would breach regulations implemented to protect open space adjacent to Lake Michigan.

The 95,000-square foot museum, which will include the filmmaker's movie memorabilia, examples of visual effects pioneered at Industrial Light and Magic and his collection of American art, is proposed to be built on a lakefront tract, but the group's members want it to be moved to an area downtown, said the Hollywood Reporter.

A number of American football fans, particularly Chicago Bears followers, are also opposing the plans for the museum, which is due to open in 2018.

George revealed that Chicago would become the setting for his upcoming museum of art and movie memorabilia, after his proposals were rejected by his home town, San Francisco.

He said: "I am humbled to be joining such an extraordinary museum community and to be creating the museum in a city that has a long tradition of embracing the arts."

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