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So Alejandro Jodorowsky never got to film his version of Frank Herbert's Dune. And the world continues to suffer for it.

Back before Lynch or SyFy took their cracks at it, the 1970s nearly filled us full of drugs and worms. But they were all out of drugs. Jodorowsky himself penned a fascinating essay on the subject. Spoiler alert: He had planned to change people's perception of reality through the use of immaculate art direction and religious symbolism.


Tongue out of cheek, this film would have deviated from the playbook of his other metaphorical mindferks through the casting of Salvador Dali (!) and Mick Jagger, and the creative input of the late Moebius, Pink Floyd, and the pre-Alien team of HR Giger, Chris Foss, & Dan O'Bannon [NOT Douglas Trumbull, as AJ's essay explained]. Plus it would've been 14 hours long. Holy Mountain, that's a huge bits!

Someone who isn't me wrote a nice piece [with pretty pictures] about this travesty because someone else who isn't me just made a documentary about it, lovingly entitled Jodorowsky's Dune.

If Netflix knows what's good for them, they'll recommission the project as their next Really Big Deal Thing. Jodorowsky claims that it would've been "the most important picture in the history of humanity.” Even if he were to fail at that, I feel we could all use a little more space opera with a heaping side of spiced psychedelia and a dash of mud people's elephant funerals in our lives, don't you agree?

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