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The Dune Movie That Never Was

The wild El Topo auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky was all set to direct...

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Stephen Green

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March 31, 2014 - 5:14 pm

GIGER DUNE

Avant-garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tried in the mid-’70s to make a movie version of Frank Herbert’s Dune starring Salvador Dali and Orson Welles, with concept art by HR Giger and Jean Giraud, and special effects by Dan O’Bannon who went on to write Alien.

Wow.

Just.

Wow.

Jodorowsky’s goal was to “fabricate” on film the effects of LSD, and I’m not sure he couldn’t have done just that.

I’m a big fan of Giger’s work, having been allowed to see Alien on the big screen at far too young and impressionable an age, but this Dune would have been a million time better or a million time worse — or maybe both. The whole thing fell apart because, really, what studio would have touched it with a ten-foot maker hook?

For sure it would have made David Lynch’s 1984 version look like a Shirley Temple feature.

Full story, video interviews, and tons more concept art at The Verge.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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This is an old story, been around for years.

Herbert supposedly cancelled the whole thing due to the director wanting to 'focus' the plot on Paul and his mom having an incestuous relationship.

And there was also the SFX and look of the movie. It got about as far as filming concept shots and artwork and then it got axed.
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