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At Skywalker Ranch, the Force of George Lucas is everywhere

Published on Jul 31, 2014 11:37 AM
 
George Lucas, the man behind the mega-successful interplanetary saga Star Wars, may well have retired, but his spirit looms large at the famous Skywalker Ranch. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

NICASIO, United States (AFP) - George Lucas, the man behind the mega-successful interplanetary saga Star Wars, may well have retired, but his spirit looms large at the famous Skywalker Ranch.

The creator of Luke, Leia, Indiana Jones and Darth Vader bought the property in 1978 with proceeds from his first blockbuster hit, Star Wars, to realise his dream of creating a haven for filmmaking outside Hollywood, at a cost of around US$100 million (S$124.6 million), according to the Wall Street Journal.

Rare visitors allowed into the huge complex - 1,900ha near San Francisco - must first weave around hills, orchards, and pastures occupied by cows and deer.

Within its boundaries, there are several screening rooms, vineyards, an underground pool and even a small inn for clients and friends.

 
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