Movie Fact #762 – February 12th, 2015:

The 2013 documentary ” Jodorowsky’s Dune” explained how Alejandro Jodorowsky had originally planned on filming “Dune”, based on the famous 1965 science fiction novel by author Frank Herbert, in the early-’70s. In fact, he had enlisted the help of Jean Giraud and H.R. Giger to create the movie’s visual style.

In regards to casting, actor Salvador Dalí was enlisted to play the part of the Emperor and Jodorowsky also intended to cast his own son, Brontis Jodorowsky, as the character Paul, actor David Carradine as the character Duke Leto, actor Orson Welles as the character the Baron, and actress Gloria Swanson as the character the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother.

The soundtrack was to be done by musician Pink Floyd.

According to Jodorowsky on why it fell through, he quoted:

“The project was sabotaged in Hollywood. It was French and not American. Their message was ‘not Hollywood enough’. There was intrigue, plunder. The storyboard was circulated among all the big studios. Later, the visual aspect of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) strangely resembled our style. To make Alien (1979), they called Moebius [Giraud], Chris Foss, Giger, Dan O’Bannon, etc. The project signaled to Americans the possibility of making a big show of science-fiction films, outside of the scientific rigor of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The project of Dune changed our lives.”

Jodorowsky also planned on making numerous changes to the source material, including making Duke Leto a eunuch and the spice a blue sponge, but author Frank Herbert openly despised these concepts. I suppose though, with this documentary, we can always ask, “What could have been?”

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