Geeks of Doom have a fascinating interview with director Alexandro Jodorowsky’s about his version of the film Dune.
For those not in the loop Jodorowsky’s Dune would have had a talent roster the likes of which we have never seen. Look at this list of names .H.R. Giger, Dan O’Bannon, David Carradine, Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Jean Giraud and Pink Flyod! A lack of funding, the massive nature of the project and just general lack of interest from the studios to back it meant this epic ended in pre production.
The director of such mind messing films like El Tope and The Holy Mountain had an epic task at hand anyway. The Dune books are massive volumes showcasing the workings of different planets and class structures and when reading the books there is no easy way in. You just have to keep with it and hope your brain keeps up. Getting all this into one movie must have been an immense undertaken and now with this new documentary coming out (from friend of the site Stephen Scarlata) we can finally see what Jodorowsky had in store for us.
The trailer suggests that what Jodorowsky wanted to do was groundbreaker to say the least. Just in this section alone he talks about wanting to create a real life LSD trip, create a film that could be perceived as a prophet or cinematic god and something that would change our very perception of our reality. This is one tall order! This was more than a film to him; it was a passion to create an entirely different kind of viewing experience for us. Unfortunately that will never happen (well not in this universe but maybe on Earth 2 if we are lucky!). But at least we have the upcoming documentary called Jodorowsky’s Dune which hopefully will shed even more light on this would be classic.
To see more of these amazing pieces of art for the unfinished Dune movie and a breakdown of the full proposed story go to The Quietus and look at there 2009 article. It makes for a compelling read.