Our guest this week is Frank Pavich, the director of the new documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, which tells the story of the greatest science fiction film never made.
In the mid-1970s, avant-garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky spent two years trying to turn Frank Herbert’s 600 page sci-fi masterpiece Dune into a 12-hour space epic. He recruited Pink Floyd to do the soundtrack, Orson Wells, Salvador Dali, David Carradine and Mick Jaggar to star, and he brought in visionary artists like Moebius, H.R. Giger and Dan O’Bannon to design the storyboards, costumes and special effects. Slated for release before George Lucas’ Star Wars, Jodorowsky’s Dune could have easily have become the defining science fiction film of the 20th century. Or, as Jodorowsky himself put it, “the coming of a cinematic god.”
In Frank Pavich’s documentary, we hear the complete story of the Dune film that never was, and we get a glimpse at what might have been had Jodorowsky been able to realize his grand vision. In my conversation with Frank Pavich, we talk about Jodorowsky’s ambition for Dune, how — despite never being made — the film went on to influence Star Wars, Blade Runner and Alien, and we discuss why it might be impossible to ever make a good movie version of Dune.Music on the show:
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