George Lucas’ Chicago sweetheart on his $4 billion Disney deal: ‘I’m so happy for him’
By MICHAEL SNEED email@example.com October 30, 2012 8:46PM
6-13-09 Four Seasons Hotel. 120 E. Delaware Street. Chicago, Illinois. "Star Wars" director George Lucas accepts an award from the Film Center of the School of the Art Institue. Here George Lucus, and Mellody Hobson together during the press interview. Photo by Scott Stewart/Sun-Times
Updated: December 1, 2012 4:51PM
Global film czar George “Star Wars” Lucas, who treads our pavement when visiting his Chicago true love, Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson, will now be walking with heavier pockets.
◆ To wit: Lucas just sold his Lucasfilm Ltd. to the Walt Disney Co. for $4.05 billion!
“It’s remarkable and he is a remarkable person,” Hobson told Sneed.
“When we started dating, it was the first time he had been in Chicago,” she said.
So what’s in the future for Lucas now that Disney has acquired not only the company’s portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies — but also the “Star Wars” franchise?
“He has wanted to make personal films for a long time and that’s what he is planning to do,” said Hobson, who was at the White House when Lucas’ last personal project — “Red Tails,” which chronicled the story of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II — was shown to President Barack Obama.
◆ Backshot: The film began development in 1988 and was made using $60 million of Lucas’ own money, as well as an additional $35 million of his money for distribution. Lucas told TV host Jon Stewart that he struggled to get funding for the movie because it had an all-black cast.
“I’m so happy for him,” Hobson said.
So is more traveling together in the future?
“No,” she said with a chuckle. “I’m a working girl. I have to work.”
The Ozzie file . . .
Yipes! Ousted Florida Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen is heading back to Chicago!
At least that’s what he tweeted Saturday: “I can’t wait to get back to chitown. Only few days thank god.”
◆ The irrepressible former White Sox World Series winner also blogged Tuesday about life after the firing.
◆ The ouch-factor blog: “So, once February rolls around, I’m sure this is going to be a very new feeling for me. With great friends and family I’ll get through this and be better for it . . . I don’t think I have ever missed a season or not been affiliated with a team since I started playing baseball. Even in 1992, I was part of a team.”
Rule of laws . . .
Infamous Chicago madam Rose Laws, whose tell-all book, “Gold Coast Madam,” hits bookshelves next month, tells Sneed via her publisher she never did sleep with mobster Joey Aiuppa — as Sneed interpreted from her tome — but check out what is printed: “Little did I know at the time that the Joey I had just met and taken home was a well-known and very powerful Chicago mob boss named Joey Aiuppa.”
The Bear & the horse . . .
A Sneed source said Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs sprung from his seat at a post-game meal at Benny’s Chop House a few weeks ago when he spotted a mounted police officer approaching his illegally parked car.
◆ By a nose: Briggs was spotted petting the horse and moving his car — sans citation.
Sneedlings . . . Wednesday’s birthdays: Dan Rather, 81; Dermot Mulroney, 49, and Willow Smith, 12.