Dune has always been a famously problematic book to adapt to the big screen. The 1984 version was so silly, director David Lynch ended up taking his name off it. The subsequent mini-series versions, Dune and Children of Dune, didn’t hit the mark either.
While this incarnation of Dune of course never came to pass, there is a documentary about it, Jodorowsky’s Dune, and it’s being billed as a document on “the greatest movie never made.” The Wrap has given it a rave review, calling it “a riveting chronicle,” and we’re certainly looking forward to it when it comes out next April.
Already, we’re learning that Mick Jagger, Orson Welles and Salvador Dali (!) were up to star in the film, and it was going to be 14 hours long (!!!).
This version of Dune is an example of what the Wrap calls “the kind of batshit creativity that was all but completely drummed out of Hollywood after the 1970s.” We at TGD have always been fascinated by movies that never got made that were probably too wild and ambitious to pull off. We’re certainly looking forward to seeing what Jodorworski could have done with one of the most important sci-fi novels in history.