Jodorowsky's Dune

I am wondering if anyone here has seen the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune? It looks real cool. The access to the storyboards and drawings may be worth it alone.

I can’t imagine how that movie could have gotten made given the scope Jodorowsky was reaching for. It would have been fantastic. BTW, I love in the trailer when Jodorowsky says he never read the book.

I really want to see it.

Haven’t but want to; I love Jodorowsky’s films. Yes, I’m that guy who keeps insisting that Santa Sangre is one of the 10 most amazing films ever made.

Wow, from what I can find of Jordowosky’s Dune, it would have been a psychedelic nightmare. I would have loved to have seen it, but it probably wouldn’t have represented the book very literally.

I’ll have to see this documentary, too. I’ve seen that pirate spaceship artwork in different places since I was 10, to find out that it came from pre-work for this movie makes me very interested.

How famous is Jodorowky as a graphic novel author in the English-speaking world? As a francophone, I knew him mostly through his written science fiction, so I find this project much less surprising than movies like El Topo or Santa Sangre.

I assume it will hit Netflix and I’ll see it then.

Chris Foss did a lot of the conceptual artwork. Somewhere at home I have one of his books that has a section on his work on Dune including a tri-wheel car used by Duke Leto that has ramps that dead bodies would slide down to litter the ground behind it as it drove :dubious: It would have been a weird, weird movie.

I know of the Incal/Metabarons stuff (didn’t I see a trailer for an Incal movie sometime). Wasn’t dragged in by his name so much as Moebius’s, but it’s a good SF comic series. But I wouldn’t say “famous” at all.

Are you sure that was Duke Leto and not Baron Harkonnen? That would have been weird indeed.

Humanoids have been re-issuing a lot of his work with Moebius as outsize limited edition hardbacks, with cheaper editions eventually following. And also titles like Pietrolino and Diosamante he did with other collaborators. You’d probably have to go to a fairly good specialist shop to find anything but The Incal and maybe The Metabarons, though.

First thing I thought of, I have that book at home.

Man, that link brought back some memories! That page had a link to one of my favorite books when I was an early teen: Space Wars: Worlds and Weapons. I had totally forgotten about it.

Thanks for the heads-up on this. I love Jodorowsky’s El Topo since I saw it in college during the 1970s, but have never seen any of his other movies. I just added some of the others to my Netflix queue.

Yeah, it’s very evocative: the first thing it reminded me of was the old 70s Panther paperbacks with their Chris Foss covers. They usually had almost nothing to do with the actual novel within, but the man could draw him some spaceships.

Foss sure had a thing for stripes and checkerboard paint jobs. Often both together.

Yeah, it was Duke Leto in the caption - I had to double check as well. It could just be they go their wires crossed when describing the characters to Foss or the book editor.

I’ve still got Stewart Cowley’s TTA books (Great Space Battles, Spacecraft 2000 - 2100 AD etc). Still fun to read through and the artwork is top notch.

And scoops. That man loved him some scoops.

I am psyched. It turns out that the documentary will be playing in Toronto, starting next Friday.

Striped checkerboard scoops all up in this bitch.

I am reminded of an old Phil Foglio cartoon from The Dragon (magazine for D&D gamers) outlining how a writer should deal with Hollywood. (Demand your payment in the form of a bag of cash tossed across California’s border. Boil before spending. Have nothing else to do with the movie.) One panel showed a producer talking on the phone, in an office with the poster for Frank Herbert’s Dune on the wall: “But, Frank! Sweetie! Alan Dean Foster does all our novelizations!”

Which in turn reminds me of a novel I once saw on the stands titled Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – which was not Mary Shelley’s novel, but a novelization of Kenneth Branagh’s film Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. WTF?! :confused: