The long-in-production documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky's imagining of Dune is finally here! Judging by the trailer, the filmmaker's infectious enthusiasm and wildly ambitous vision for the film is even more heartbreaking and fascinating than previously hinted.
I cannot wait to learn more about how the film nearly came together with some of the biggest names in science fiction: Moebius, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, Dan O'Bannon--not to mention Salvador Dali and Orson Welles. Here's the trailer:
Here's a few pieces of concept art from the stalled production (click to enlarge):
Emperor's palace, ornithopter and spaceships by Chris Foss
Sandworm concept by H. R. Giger
Jean Giraud, a.k.a. "Moebius" character designs
H.R. Giger's work on Alien is apparent in his organic designs for this film. Moebius used the work he did on Dune as inspiration for his original comic, The Incal and later Metabarons (thanks for that tidbit Trey, I later found a copy of The Incal and loved it!).
You can even trace some aesthetic DNA from Jodorowsky's Dune exploits all the way to The Fifth Element, where Moebius' work was eventually captured on screen (with or without his permission, but that's another story).
The big question surrounding this film is whether Jodorowsky would have changed the direction
of science fiction in film, had it debuted before Star Wars as planned. What do you think?