March 12, 2020

Check Out Some Amazing Stills from Jodorowsky's 'Dune'

Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)
As we await the Denis Villeneuve version, let's look back at Jodorowsky's Dune with some incredible photos.

In 1975, visionary filmmaker Jodorowsky set out to create a movie he hoped gave people an LSD trip without the LSD. It would have a massive budget and use every ounce of his creativity and imagination. 

This was a less than faithful adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic, Dune

The movie was set to star Jodorowsky's own 12-year-old son, Brontis, alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine, and even Salvador Dali.

Pink Floyd would score the movie and it would feature set design by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H.R. Giger and Jean 'Moebius' Giraud. 

Yeah...it was supposed to be as bonkers as it sounds. 

There was an epic documentary about Jodorowsky's failed adaptation. Check out the trailer below. 

Check Out Some Amazing Stills from Jodorowsky's Dune  

If you've seen the documentary, you know they talk about an insane book in it with lots of photos and the plans for the movie. Well, now those photos are available online, thanks to someone who added them all to Google Photo

They include character designs, posters, script excerpts, and storyboards. 

Take a look at a few samples and then follow the link at the end to explore the vision of Jodorowsky.

Check out all the images here!

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The mother of all unmade movies. Indeed.
It's still sitting there in the collective unconscious waiting to be made.
It would have changed the world as we know it.

March 13, 2020 at 6:15AM

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Jan Becker
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They include character designs, posters, script excerpts, and storyboards.

March 13, 2020 at 7:13AM

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After looking at the photos it's amazing to to be reminded what an influence Moebius was on design at that time through today. I think he's marvelous for DPs and storyboard artists to look at because he's got such a strong sense of composition, scale and design. Him and a number of other french comic artists of that time really knew how to tell a story visually. There are definitely things to learn from him. Jodorowsky was obviously from that group as well.

I also remember how I used to be intrigued by Giger and his sense of design. Now, I just see him as a deeply disturbed, one-trick pony. There's no exploration or progression in his work, just satanic symbols, domination and sex organs... repeat, repeat, repeat, death. Once the shock wears off, there's just not much there.

March 13, 2020 at 9:49AM

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Chris Toll
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I agree with you about Giger's work. Something about the last 40-50 years in film--even/especially in film--and in design and art and music: once you're recognized for something "new and exciting" and especially if it $ucceed$, you are forced/expected to keep churning out the same stuff endlessly. Sequels/prequels/spinoffs, "from the makers of _____" (i.e., "more of the same"), on and on. Hitchcock was the first "branded" director, and to meet expectation$, he had to stretch his recognizable "style" until by the end his films were awkward and silly and forgettable. I know I'll be crucified for saying this, but this includes Tarantino, Lynch, DePalma, on and on.

March 19, 2020 at 11:03AM

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Bob Byars
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I too agree with you about Giger's work. At 1st glance - whoa. And then ... over & over & over & ...

March 19, 2020 at 5:05PM

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