Sony Pictures Classics acquires Jodorowsky’s Dune


There was a double dose of Alejandro Jodorowsky at Cannes earlier in the year, which made me wish I was there. The biggie was La Danza de la Realidad (The Dance of Reality), Jodorowsky’s first film in more than 20 years. The other project was Jodorowsky’s Dune, a documentary by Frank Pavich about Jodorowksy’s failed attempt to adapt Dune to the big screen before the project wound up with David Lynch.

I’m happy to report that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the North American rights for Jodorowsky’s Dune, so we’ll be able to learn about the greatest movie never made. No details on release yet, but hopefully it’ll be out by the end of the year.

What would have made Jodorowsky’s version of Dune so special? As I mentioned back in December 2011:

I read somewhere that Jodorowsky claimed to have finished the novel in a single, 24-hour long sitting. The film would have starred Orson Welles and Salvador Dali. H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, and Moebius created some magnificent concept art. The score would have been an avant garde/prog/psychedelic wonder by Henry Cow, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Magma, and Pink Floyd.

Now if someone could get on North America distribution for The Dance of Reality, I’ll be a happy camper.

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Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.