Of course I’m flipping out in our Editor’s chat about the fact that Alejandro “The Holy Mountain” Jodorowsky collaborated with Jean “MÅ“bius” Giraud, H.R. Giger, and Pink Floyd to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune into a film in 1975 — a project that never took off due to funding issues — when Rob, cultured beyond American measure, casually coughs that me not knowing about it is impossible, simply because it is too awesome not to be known.
Yet, I did not know!
Check out who Jodorowsky wanted for the cast:
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.
While most of Jodorowsky’s film will have to be left to the imagination, Duneinfo has collected Giraud’s costume sketches and basic storyboards. While I still love Lynch’s Dune in all its awkward majesty, it’s clear that this would have been a colorful, ornate take on the universe that would have been even more psychedelically mystical.
Now we must demand a Yoshitaka Amano-designed version of Dune directed by…hrm, I’m at a loss.