Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky once planned to make an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. The director was going for a grand story if not so much a faithful adaptation. He worked on the project for two years in the 70s (before Star Wars showed science fiction could be really successful at theaters), gathering the likes of H.R. Giger, Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger, and Orson Welles to work on the film. It sadly never made it to completion. However, now you can check out a documentary about the unfinished project.
Jodorowsky’s Dune by director Frank Pavich shows what could have been. You get interviews with the people involved in the movie, storyboards, and even some animated sequences. The Hollywood Reporter saw the documentary at Cannes and had the following to say:
Never troubled by anything resembling modesty or irony, Jodorowsky claims that he planned Dune as “the most important picture in the history of humanity”. In one of many unwittingly comic slips, he freely admits he never even read the novel and happily rewrote the ending: “I was raping Frank Herbert,” he grins, “but with love.” According to his colorful account, the project came together via a series of almost mystical encounters with the “spiritual warriors” he required to realize his world-changing vision.
It sounds like it would have been something to see. At least we’ll eventually be able to watch the documentary.