A bit of trivia for all you cinephiles...David Lynch was not the only one to attempt (and frankly fail) to bring Frank Herbert's DUNE to the big-screen.
Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowski (SANTA SANGRE, EL TOPO, seen above) also tried adapting the "unfilmable" sci-fi novel, and his triumphant hardship doing so is the subject of a new documentary called JODOROWSKI'S DUNE. The doc, which is halfway completed, is directed by Frank Pavich (N.Y.C.H.), and will likely come to a theater near you in the not so distant future.
According to THR, the movie is chronicling the two year effort by Jodorowsky and his team of relative unknown artists, artists then went on to become influencers in the sci-fi genre. Among the team were H.R. Giger, who designed the alien in Alien, Dan O’Bannon, who wrote Alien and Total Recall, French artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud, who worked on The Empire Strikes Back, Tron and The Fifth Element, and Chris Foss, who worked on Alien and Superman.
Word is interviews with many principals have already finished, and that the second half of production will take place in the U.S. this summer.
JODOROWSKI'S DUNE is getting some pub this week at Cannes.