Mind-Blowing Art From The ‘Dune’ Movie That Was Too Far Out To Film

Alejandro Jodorowsky tried to make a movie based on Frank Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece, Dune, but the universe wasn’t ready. Here’s what we all missed out on.

1. Poster

It was going to change the world.

2. Poster Detail

Totally sick.

3. Circus Space Ship from Hell

He hired legendary sci-fi artist Chris Foss for crazy stuff like this.

4. Spice Carrier

And this.

5. Pirate Ship Leaking Spice

Foss designed this one with asteroid camouflage.

6. Emperor’s Palace

Jodorowsky wanted the film to look like a psychedelic drug experience. He referred to it as a “messiah.”

7. Harkonnen Flagship

8. Harkonnen Fortress

Jodorowsky hired H.R. Giger (who later created the alien in Alien) to design ONE OF THE PLANETS. Yep, just one of many.

9. Same Fortress

This time, no face.

10. Side View

11. Steps

12. Sand Worms

Giger doesn’t seem like the happiest dude ever.

13. Magma

Side note: for the Giger planet (Giedi Prime for Dune fans), Jodorowsky to exclusively use music from Magma, the best French psych freakout band ever. (Additional side note: Pink Floyd was going to play all the other music).

14. Baron Harkonnen

Jodorowsky hired famous French comic book artist Moebius to design the characters. None other than ORSON WELLES agreed to play the Baron.

15. Leto Atreides and Sardaukar

Moebius is where it’s at.

16. Emperor and Feyd Rautha

P.S. Mick Jagger agreed to play Feyd Rautha. Salvador Dali was going to play the Emperor.

17. Jodorowsky and Saurdaukar

Ultimately, not a single studio would pay for this movie. Hollywood wasn’t ready for the mad scientist behind Holy Mountain to put a crazy story like Dune on the big screen, but you can’t help but wonder what would have happened if they had been. If these images are any indicator, Jodorowsky’s Dune would have been weird as hell, and totally awesome.

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