George Lucas Opening In-House Animation Studio

Star Wars: Episode III director George Lucas has added an animation division to his special effects company Industrial Light & Magic in an effort gain a corner of the fast developing digital animation business, according to Hollywood Reporter.

Lucasfilm Animation will give more independence to a small, existing animation department within the company. "Lucasfilm Animation will now have the flexibility to develop and create its own films," said LucasFilm spokeswoman Lynn Hale. "It's extremely exciting to have the opportunity to start the search for directors to build projects around."

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