Jodorowsky’s Dune

We all know that Hollywood sometimes doesn’t produce the most original films, however, watching this documentary takes it to a whole new level.

Alejandro Jodorowsky, known for his comics such as “The Incal”, is a man who assembled great artistic talents such as Moebius, Orson Welles, and Salvador Dali to create the cinematic version of Frank Herbert’s “Dune”. This group of artists, which he calls his “Spiritual Warriors”, was gathered almost on a dime. For the most part, it was Jodorowsky’s passion for the project that got them to commit – a passion that can be seen throughout the film making the fact that this movie was never made all the more saddening.

Quite possibly the most ridiculous element of this snubbing is the fact that multiple ideas from the concept work and storyboard of this unmade film were scattered across Hollywood, resurfacing in well-known projects such as Star Wars and Alien.

For instance, the training scene with Luke Skywalker is ripped off a panel from the storyboard of Jodorowsky’s Dune and the Xenomorph from Alien was created by one of the artists working beneath Jodorowsky.

The Dune project later was passed on to David Lynch, we all know how that went.

I wish someone would at least take all this work and make an animation at least. But for now, I am glad that Jodorowsky decided to take his creative genius over to the world of comic books.


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