The picture above is of the site of the envisaged driveway sweeping up to the entrance of to a Jackson-style movie complex that billionaire filmmaker George Lucas planned for his ranch in posh Marin County, north of San Francisco.
For twenty-five years, he has been battling rich neighbours, who don't want his business tainting the air breathed by their elevated noses.
According to Movie News, the local homeowners association has been such a thorn in Lucas' side that he's decided to abandon the studio construction entirely, issuing an official statement:
The level of bitterness and anger expressed by the homeowners in Lucas Valley has convinced us that, even if we were to spend more time and acquire the necessary approvals, we would not be able to maintain a constructive relationship with our neighbors.
We love working and living in Marin, but the residents of Lucas Valley have fought this project for 25 years, and enough is enough. Marin is a bedroom community and is committed to building subdivisions, not business. Many years ago, we tried to stop the Lucas Valley Estates project from being built, but we failed, and we now have a subdivision on our doorstep.
So what is George Lucas going to do with his property now that he's tired of his rich neighbors putting up a not-in-my-backyard stink? He wants to transform the property into low-income housing, naturally, ending their official statement with this zinger, "If everyone feels that housing is less impactful on the land, then we are hoping that people who need it the most will benefit."
I love it.