UNDATED (CBS) -- He's the man behind some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history. Now, filmmaker George Lucas is going from movie creator, to museum curator.
Lucas he previewed his next project at Skywalker Ranch in California.
Skywalker Ranch, 6,000 acres in north of San Francisco, has a state-of-the-art recording studio, rolling vineyards and Victorian-style main house. This is the place that star wars built; the vision of George Lucas.
His plan is to make art as accessible as his movies. Inside, the works that inspired him; modern technology meets turn-of-the-century.
He has a passion for books, buying out the entire libraries of paramount and universal studios. But even more than books, he loves art. Collecting the images that would influence his filmmaking. He says, "I started collecting really when I was in film school. I started collecting comic art. I bought an Uncle Scrooge comic page for like $25 and eventually moved myself up to where I could you know buy sort of the high-end illustrator art. At one point I wanted to become an illustrator. My father said no way, am I gonna pay for that, you can go do it on your own if you want, but you'll never make a living as an artist."
Instead, he indulged in American artists like Maxfield Parish, N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, and developed an eye for storytelling. Lucas says, "Well, yeah. I mean telling stories is again a long generation of people who do that. My good friend Steve Spielberg also has a Rockwell collection, his focuses on storytelling, but also on movies. When you see a Rockwell, you see something of yourself in there, no matter who you are, no matter where you came from."
That idealism showed up on the big screen in American graffiti. And the dreamscapes of Maxfield Parrish inspired the futuristic world of star wars.
Lucas says the fantasy worlds of his films have never drawn high praise from critics and his taste in art probably won't either. He says, "I don't see anything wrong with having a idealistic, sentimental, fun point of view especially for people growing up."
To inspire the next generation, his museum will also celebrate digital design and animation from some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. Lucas says, "This museum if anything is dedicated to cultural fantasy. To educate younger people into the idea of storytelling, in the idea of being able to paint your fantasies which is what Star Wars was. Star Wars was there to inspire young people to imagine things, to imagine going anywhere in the universe and doing anything you want to do and using your imagination to entertain yourself."
Lucas has thousands of pieces, enough to rotate his exhibits every six months, for the next six years. His dream location for the museum is in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. Lucas says, "I've built my business here, made all my movies here, done everything here. Now I'm retired here."
He retired after selling his company and star wars franchise to Disney for $2 billion. And at age 68, he's also getting married to corporate executive and CBS News financial contributor Mellody Hobson. Lucas says, "I'm marrying the perfect person who I've found, who knows how or why, one of those magical connections that are made which you never think will get made. And at the same time I'm gonna make my own little personal movies and experiment and have fun. I had a great Chapter 1, I had an even better Chapter 2 and I have high hopes for Chapter 3."