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Sony Pictures Classics Takes Doc 'Jodorowsky's Dune,' on the Legendary Director's Doomed Sci-Fi Adaptation (TRAILER)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 11, 2013 at 12:02PM

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Frank Pavich's documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," which explores legendary director Alejandro Jodorowksy and his elaborate yet ultimately doomed 1970s adaptation of the eponymous sci-fi novel -- set to star Orson Welles and Mick Jagger, among others.
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Alejandro Jodorowsky in "Jodorowsky's Dune"
Alejandro Jodorowsky in "Jodorowsky's Dune"

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Frank Pavich's documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," which explores legendary director Alejandro Jodorowksy and his elaborate yet ultimately doomed 1970s adaptation of the eponymous sci-fi novel -- set to star Orson Welles and Mick Jagger, among others. (It was later made into the notoriously troubled 1984 production by David Lynch). The doc played in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes in May.

Jodorowsky, now 84, is the director of "El Topo," "Holy Mountain" and "Santa Sangre," and himself had a new feature film at Cannes: "The Dance of Reality."

Our TOH! review of "Jodorowsky's Dune" called the film "a complete delight, in part due to Pavitch's professional work but mainly due to Jodorowksy's disarming intelligence and wit."

Here's a more detailed synopsis of the doc:

The tale of Jodorowsky and his DUNE is a fascinating trip through creativity and imagination, a story about the relentless pursuit of a dream, and the necessity of art. In pre-production for over two years, the film was to star Jodorowsky's own 12 year old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and even Salvador Dali, set to a musical score by Pink Floyd and art-design by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H.R. Giger and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud.

No word yet on a stateside release date.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.