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.