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1970 DUNE version?

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi and Fantasy Talk' started by Tom, Feb 5, 2005.

  1. Tom

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    From;
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0217408/
    http://www.hotweird.com/jodorowsky/dunestory.html
    http://kaedrin.com/weblog/archive/2001_07.html

    "If everyone is indeed talking about the proposed Alejandro
    Jodorowsky version of Dune then no it does not exist. There
    may be some footage in existence, there may be not be,
    however the story is that it faltered in pre-production when
    financial backing was withdrawn, so the existence of usable
    footage is very unlikely."

    I [Alejandro Jodorowsky] liked fighting for Dune. We won
    almost all the battles, but we lost the war. 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 amongst all
    the big studios. Later, the visual aspect of Star Wars strangely
    resembled our style. To make Alien, they called Moebius, Foss,
    Giger, O'Bannon, etc. The project signalled to Americans the
    possibility of making a big show of science-fiction films, outside
    of the scientific rigour of 2001: A Space Odyssey."

    "As someone else noted, H.R. Giger was also part of the
    project, and his designs for the Harkonnen were straight
    out of his "bio-mechanical" themes seen in his works."

    "Salvador Dali, of all people, was providing art support,"
    Dali in fact was supposed to act as Padishah emperor
    Shaddam IV,"

    "You forgot to mention that Orson Welles was to be the
    Baron as well. It definitely would have been an interesting
    movie... "

    "Gloria Swanson, ...were cast"

    "Pink Floyd offered to write the score at the peak of their
    creativity."

    "His [Baron Harkonnen] delusions of grandeur have no limit:
    he lives in a palace constructed as a portrait of himself...
    This immense sculpture stands on a sordid swampy planet...
    In order to enter the palace, one has to wait for the colussus
    to open its mouth and stick out a tongue of steel (landing strip...)"

    "English SF illustrator Chris Foss... Foss was responsible for
    the crystal city on the planet Krypton at the beginning of the
    first Superman film"
    http://www.altanen.dk/CFDuneGallery.htm

    "...artist Jean 'Moebius' Giraud drew thousands of sketches"
    http://www.bpib.com/illustrat/giraud.htm


    Unfortunately;

    "In reading his account of the failed production, it becomes
    readily apparent that Jodorowsky's Dune would only bear
    a slight resemblance to Herbert's novel. "I feel fervent
    admiration towards Herbert and at the same time conflict
    [...] I did everything to keep him away from the project..."

    "You have no idea how badly he butchered Dune. It was
    meant to be his adaption of Frank Herbert's opus, but he
    must have been on LSD or something when he wrote his
    version...it was...wanting. Let's just say that. Wanting."

    "The project eventually collapsed in 1977, subsequently
    being passed onto Ridley Scott, and then to David Lynch,
    whose 1984 film was panned by audience and critics alike."


    So what if this movie version of Frank Herbert's novel
    had actually made it to the big screen, either done by a
    Jodorowsky that sticks to the book or (better idea IMO)
    by Ridley Scott?

    What if it comes out in 1977 along side "Star Wars"?
    Who else is cast in the film?

    Jpdo's been doing a lot of comic book writing.

    You should check out THE METABARONS. I think it's his take on DUNE.
     
  2. Tom

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    Broken link!
     
  4. StoneWolf

    StoneWolf Father, Husband, CAD Drafter, Reader

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    I always loved the casting & cinamatogrophy in the '84 version...it was bad writing & inclusion of "crud" from the sequel books that tanked the movie for me. (like the spice fish pilot...so very bad)

    Kinda like the movie version of Ender's Game...visually breathtaking, but ultimately written poorly by people who did not understand the source material.

    Kinda like the movie Starship Troopers by Paul Verhoven instead of by Heinlein.
     
  5. Tom

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    This was posted in 2005. You might check the wayback machine at archive.org to see if anyone had the foresight to save the page.
     
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    Only missed it by 7 years!
     

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