By Rob Beschizza at 6:16 am Wed, Sep 26, 2012
Kilian Eng created this poster for an upcoming documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky's legendary project to film Dune, "possibly the greatest Sci-Fi film that never was."
Poster for the upcoming documentary [via Super Punch]
And that is why we don’t want the youth of today partaking of hallucinogens: they’ll just end up reinterpreting some science fiction classic as a road-map to the rapture.
And you know that kind of thing leads directly to dancing.
That’s kind of funny. It was reading Dune as a teenager that inspired me to try hallucinogens.
That is kinda funny: I took hallucinogens and was inspired to read Dune.*
*The original FRANK Herbert series. Not that travesty of prequels his son wrote.
Yeah, those books were junk. I still read them all though.
Or as we say among my Mennonite friends, it leads to scratch cards.
Just look at this, i knew it existed, i never knew it was so close to existing. It would have been a glorious, pompous, extravagant, magical failure – now it is a mirage of itself.
I often imagine that in a parallel universe there is a parallel me out there who got the job, bought the yacht, lived the life and realized himself. I don’t live his life, but im glad for him. This film, the ghost of this film, is that exact feeling transposed. Comforting Emptiness, Hollow sadness.
Thanks for posting this, best boing ever, and a wonderful ‘look at what you could have had’ poster
Moebius’ and Chris Foss designs, Dali as Baron Harkonnen…sigh this movie should have been made but, for the fickleness of some rich dude who pulled out when everything was at the ready :-( If that 1 percenter is still around I want his name!!! HE SHOULD PAY!!!
Wasn’t Dali going to be the Emperor? Either way would have been excellent, of course. I think Mick Jagger was also going to be in it.
Oops, yes the Emperor, would make more sense. Just looked it up to update my memory, and wow! Look at the rest of the proposed cast; Orson Welles, Gloria Swanson, David Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Alain Delon, Hervé Villechaize and Mick Jagger. The score; music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Henry Cow and Magma; later on, the soundtrack was to be provided by Pink Floyd.
Myself, I’d have included Hawkwind, Rallizes Dénudés, and Can, why not?!
Dali had some pretty prohibitive demands. Bit of a diva.
Oh Jodorowsky, you never cease to entertain me:
“I do not want that the man conquers space
In the ships of NASA
These concentration camps of the spirit
These gigantic freezers vomiting the imperialism
These slaughters of plundering and plunder
This arrogance of bronze and thirst
This eunuchoid science
Not the dribble of transistorised and riveted hulks”
The more I hear about this, the more I think it would have been a lame and campy movie, like Barbarella + Flash Gordon + 60’s Batman. Guess I dont have the stoner view of awesomeness.
Fucking Disqus. That was @ Lexicat. Dammit.
I seem to be one of the few that truly enjoyed David Lynch’s Dune. It certainly has its flaws, but given that the job of a director on projects like this is to take 300-1000 pages of asinine drivel and carve a watchable narrative out of it, I think he did very well and gave it some scope and style. Having worked in sf conventions off and on for over 20 years, I’ve had scads of authors come right out and say what they put out is 90% bullshit to fill space to get a paycheck, and are thankful for the paycheck. Contrary to common thought about status and success in, the authors and artists that were the happiest were the ones writing and/or drawing porn. They make the same money or better as a bullpen author at a major publisher, but work a lot less, have much less bullshit to put up with and enjoy what they do a lot more.
Publishers handle how they choose what books to publish the way most drug dealers address counting their money, by weight. They’ll look at the marketing data and decide which slush pile submission or contract writer can sell the most copies per ton of paper pulp. That’s really all the emotional investment most publishers put into what you see ending up on the shelves. How else does a fucktard like Orson Scott Card garner Hugo Awards for re-imagining the Holocaust, you know, for kids!
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