Frank Herbert's Dune is the best selling science fiction novel of all time, a god among science fiction novels, and the inspiration for numerous books, computer games, mini-series, and more.
And the film by David Lynch of course, which hit Dune fans on many levels, whether it ended friendships or inspired new ones. The film was troubled during production and later butchered by new edits, so much so that Lynch had his name removed from the film. This was nothing new for the cinematic history of Dune, which had experienced years of developmental hell that saw a number of directors bring their unique vision to the project.
One such vision, that of director Alejandro Jodorowsky, has continued to intrigue and astound both fans of Dune and film with the scope and beauty of what might have been. Jodorowsky’s Dune is a documentary that explores the director and his adaptation of the novel, and the new trailer highlights a lot of the interesting actors connected to the film while shining a light on the amazing design work of “the mother of all unmade movies.”
In 1975, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose films EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN launched and ultimately defined the midnight movie phenomenon, began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12 year old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including HR Giger and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel DUNE was poised to change cinema forever.
The art and designs of H.R.Giger and Moebius are stunning, and imagining Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, and David Carradine in these roles only adds to the the thrill of learning about Jodorowky’s Dune. Of course, the main draw of the trailer has to be the passion that Jodorowsky himself feels for the project. While it’s exciting to see these movies that never were, it’s also pretty heartbreaking that such a huge project like this never made it to the big screen.
Thankfully, Jodorowsky’s Dune will tell us all about it when it premieres on March 7th.