Mick Jagger! Salvadore Dali! Orson Welles! David Carradine! H.R. Geiger! Dan O’Bannon! Those are just some of the names associated with what has become known as the greatest movie never made.
In the mid-70s, genius-madman-filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky set out to craft a stupidly complex and stunningly beautiful adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Alas, it was not to be. Hollywood studios declined to finance the film as studio execs were reluctant to invest in a project which Jodorowsky himself believed might be as many as 20 hours long.
We will never get to see the film itself, but much like Gilliam’s long lost Quixote, we will get a chance to see the whole sorry story of the unmaking of Jodorowsky’s Dune.
Frank Pavich’s new documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, opens stateside on March 21.