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Cool Art: Jodorowsky’s Dune by Matt Chinn

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In 1973, film producer Arthur P. Jacobs optioned the film rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune but died before a film could be developed. The option was then taken over two years later by director Alejandro Jodorowsky, who proceeded to approach, among others, Virgin Records, with the prog rock groupsTangerine Dream, Gong and Mike Oldfield before settling on Pink Floyd and Magma for some of the music, artists H. R. Giger. Chris Foss and Jean Giraud for set and character design, Dan O’Bannon for special effects, and Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles, Gloria Swanson, David Carradine, Mick Jagger and others for the cast.

Frank Herbert traveled to Europe in 1976 to find that $2 million of the $9.5 million budget had already been spent in pre-production, and that Jodorowsky’s script would result in a 14-hour film (“It was the size of a phonebook”, Herbert later recalled). Jodorowsky took creative liberties with the source material, but Herbert said that he and Jodorowsky had an amicable relationship. The project ultimately stalled for financial reasons. The film rights lapsed until 1982, when they were purchased by Italian filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis, who eventually released the 1984 film Dune, directed by David Lynch.

An amazing poster by Matt Chinn.

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Thanks to PosterSpy for sharing.

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