Legendary storyboard for “Dune”, Jodorowsky’s aborted project, up for auction

The legendary storyboard of “Dune” created by the Franco-Chilean Alejandro Jodorowsky, a pharaonic project in which Salvador Dalí or Mick Jagger had to participate, goes up for auction this Monday in Paris.

It is a voluminous work from the mid-1970s, “estimated at between 25,000 and 35,000 euros” (between $ 28,000 and $ 39,000), according to Christie’s, which is organizing the sale.

It is the detailed script with images of what the film should have been (a “storyboard” in cinema slang).

The drawings were signed by a French comic book star, Moebius (Jean Giraud, died 2012) and by the Swiss illustrator Giger (died 2014), who would later create the creature from the movie “Alien” (1979).

Both cartoonists were the supposed artistic directors of a film that never saw the light on a monument of science fiction.

“Dune” is a series of science fiction books written by American Frank Herbert in 1965. Film director David Lynch brought the project to the screens in 1984, with much effort and little profit.

A curse seemed to weigh on this enormous saga, until Canadian Denis Villeneuve took the risk again in 2021, with great box office success.

– Countercultural myth –

Jodorowsky’s adaptation never succeeded for lack of money. And that ‘storyboard’ became a cult object for science fiction lovers.

“We know that there are other copies: one was auctioned years ago, another has Jodorowsky (…) and a third was partially reproduced online,” explains Christie’s.

“It is difficult to evaluate the complete print run. It is assumed that between 10 and 20 copies were produced,” adds the auction house.

Jodorowsky is a myth of the counterculture, iconoclastic author of films like “El Topo” (1970) and “La Montaña Sagrada” (1973).

For “Dune”, his dreams were monumental. “Between ten and fifteen hours of film” and a casting with “Salvador Dalí, Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, David Carradine and Alain Delon”, assures Christie’s.

For the soundtrack the groups “Magma and then Pink Floyd” were discussed.

Film specialists believe that Jodorowsky’s “Dune” later influenced such films as “Star Wars” (1977), “Alien” or “Blade Runner” (1982).

Moebius and Jodorowsky also had another fruitful artistic relationship. Together they published in the 1980s another graphic legend, the comic series “El Incal”.

A documentary about the project’s failure, “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” came out on screens in 2013.



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