rec.arts.sf.movies newsgroup 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in existence, there may be not be, however the story is that it faltered in pre-production when financial backing was withdrawn, so the existence of usable footage is very unlikely."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.