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Star Wars creator George Lucas appears on stage with Darth Vader during the 2011 Scream Awards. (AP Photo) Star Wars creator George Lucas appears on stage with Darth Vader during the 2011 Scream Awards. (AP Photo)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to build a museum dedicated to visual storytelling in San Francisco's Presidio that would house an art collection he amassed over four decades.

The filmmaker said he has long sought to showcase his collection of 150 years of populist art, which includes illustrations by Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish along with comics and digital technology.

Lucas said he doesn't have enough wall space at his 6,000-acre Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, so he wants to fund and build a museum.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that Lucas submitted a 20-page proposal to the Presidio Trust last week. It was one of 16 bids to occupy the former commissary site at Crissy Field.

In December, Disney acquired Lucasfilm Ltd., which is already housed in the Presidio.

Disney CEO Bob Iger said at the annual shareholders meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday that the company is developing "some standalone movies" featuring Star Wars characters.

The news was likely to set off a new round of speculation about what's in store for the Lucasfilm franchise. The buzz has been at fever pitch levels since The Walt Disney Co. said in October it was acquiring the studio for $4 billion.

Iger didn't say which characters might be featured in the standalone films. Some Star Wars characters such as bounty hunter Boba Fett have been given bigger treatments in comic books.

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