Dune is one of my favorite sci-fi novels, and I've always wanted to see an adaptation of it that blows my mind. In the 1970s director Alejandro Jodorowsky almost made it happen. Unfortunately it didn't, which is such a shame, because it looks like it could have been amazing.
Sony Pictures Classics has just released a new feature-length documentary called Jodorowsky's Dune that focuses on the development of this adaptation of Dune.
Directed by Frank Pavich, Jodorowsky's Dune explores legendary cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre) and his staggeringly ambitious, yet ultimately doomed, mid-1970’s film adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal science fiction novel "Dune." 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.
I liked David Lynch's version of Dune, but I still think the Jodorowsky version could have been so much better. I'm still waiting for a Dune film to love.