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The "Dune" That Might Have Been

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The "Dune" That Might Have Been

Fans of Frank Herbert's best-selling 1965 science-fiction novel "Dune" who were perhaps disappointed by the 1984 film version, take heart: there is an ultimate Dune movie - it just never got made. 

In the mid 1970's, now legendary cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Magic Mountain) was possessed with a vision of realizing the novel in a version worthy of the story's fantastic premise and metaphysical underpinnings. To this end, he assembled one of the most creative artistic teams imaginable then or now, writers and artists such as Dan O'bannon, Chris Foss and H.R. Giger, who would later go on to work on groundbreaking science-fiction films such as The Terminator and Alien. For the music, Jodorowsky enlisted none other than Pink Floyd, while the would-be cast included the likes of Salvador Dalí, David Carradine and Orson Wells. However, at the decisive moment, the producers backed out, leaving Jodorowsky a veritable Don Quijote with an unrealized dream. That dream is the subject of the 2013 Frank Pavich documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune" and it is explored with a visionary fervor that perhaps surpasses anything we will ever get to see in 3D. Catch it if you can.

By Jorge Socarras

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