Back in the 70s, there was a move to make an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, an influential sci-fi novel that told an intellectual tale of a galaxy split by factions and political maneuvering, brought to its knees by the appearance of a messiah.
Attached was director Alejandro Jodorowsky, creator of “El Topo” and “Holy Mountain”, who had assembled a rock-star team of talent to participate.
From the Wikipedia page on Jodorowsky:
“The project was intended to involve his son Brontis Jodorowsky as Paul, Orson Welles as the Baron, Salvador Dalí as the Emperor, Mick Jagger as Feyd Rautha, Alain Delon as Duncan Idaho, Geraldine Chaplin as Lady Jessica, David Carradine as Duke Leto and Gloria Swanson as The Benne Geserit Reverend Mother. Dan O’Bannon for the script, Chris Foss, Pink Floyd, H. R. Giger and Jean Giraud (Mœbius). ”
That is the most outstanding lineup I’ve ever seen…
Unfortunately, the project collapsed, and it wouldn’t be until the 80s, when David Lynch put out a much maligned version of “Dune”, that people would crinkle their brows in confusion.
Still, we can dream of that movie that never was… to enhance that dream, duneinfo.com has posted some scans of the concept art and storyboards by acclaimed sci-fi artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud.
The image above is of Duke Leto, from House Atreides, and the post has fantastic illustrations of the Baron Harkonnen and the Sardaukar, the elite emperor’s soldiers.
It might sound like a whole heap of nonsense, but its rumoured that the work from this failed film went on to fill up the dreams of those that worked on “Star Wars”, perhaps, notably, Dan O’Bannon, writer, while the work from Giraud was said to have inspired the look of teeming alien cities in George Lucas’ masterpiece.
Well, we need a new generation of talented filmmakers to attempt to right this wayward project.