Directed by: Alejandro Jorodowsky
This film has been referred to as the greatest sci-fi film never made. In 1970, film producer Arthur Jacobs asked cult filmmaker Alejandro Jorodowski, known for some trippy films, to adapt the Frank Herbert novel. You can find the summary HERE, but sufficed to say, it’s an epic story that requires a lot of exposition. Jorodowski was able to convince Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, David Carradine, Mick Jagger and Pink Floyd to work on the movie.
Except, he took it too far. His vision was too wild and too expensive and he was taken off the project. Instead, David Lynch made the movie, coming out in 1984. His original version was 3.5 hours long, cut down to 2 and was confusing. It’s a cult film now, but back then, it was a huge flop. Makes you wonder how Jorodowsky’s would have fared. There’s actually a documentary called Jorodowsky’s Dune that actually goes lengths to answer that question.