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New Documentary To Go Inside 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

by Gabe Toro
May 14, 2011 2:00 AM
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A long time ago, Alejandro Jodorowsky tried to make the greatest movie of all time. It was an adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s “Dune,” and he was ready to employ Salvador Dali, Douglas Trumbull, Michel Seydoux and Pink Floyd amongst then-unknown names like Moebius, Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger. For a variety of reasons, some bordering on hearsay (many claim Jodorowsky was wholly dismissive of the source), the film fell apart, leaving movie lovers to imagine “what-if,” even if the picture was eventually made by David Lynch and a significantly less colorful group of collaborators.

In “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” director Frank Pavich intends to get to the bottom of the proposed film and why it fell apart. The doc, half-completed, is currently looking for distribution at Cannes, though interviews with Jodorowsky, Giger and others have already been recorded. They’ve also released a promo video, obtained by TwitchFilm, which should whet your appetite for what Pavich has in store -- check it out after the jump

We hope this is the beginning of a Jodorowsky renaissance. His collaboration with David Lynch’s Absurda Films, “King Shot,” sought financing at Cannes in 2009, but the project was eventually canceled. And we have no idea what happened with “Abelcain,” the long-rumored sequel to “El Topo” that supposedly secured a budget in the fall that same year. It’s just as well, considering Jodo hasn’t been behind the camera since 1990’s “The Rainbow Thief” (which he has since disowned), but we do recommend the excellent two-disc “Santa Sangre” DVD put out earlier this year by the good folks at Severin Films.

For more on Jodorowsky’s “Dune,” read the guru’s own majestic words here.
[The Hollywood Reporter]

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3 Comments

  • Mr. Arkadin | May 16, 2011 10:14 AMReply

    it's Giger not Geiger

    hope the doc get's finished

  • Nuclear Waste Aerobics | May 14, 2011 6:11 AMReply

    This is so amazing. I googled Jodorowsky's Dune and saw some of the Geiger sketches for the film. Incredible.

    It is a damn shame this movie was never made, it would have been unreal.

    I'm glad there is interest in these aborted projects, like this and Clouzot's Inferno, which I still need to see.

  • Xian | May 14, 2011 2:24 AMReply

    Awesome!!! If it wasn't for this aborted film, many other great films may never have been made, or perhaps would have been made much differently ("Alien" and "Blade Runner" come immediately to mind). Can't wait to see this (if it ever gets completed and hits a screen somewhere).

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