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A rare copy of Jodorowsky’s Dune is up for auction: the book contains the director’s cinematic notes

A rare copy of Jodorowsky’s Dune is up for auction: the book contains the director’s cinematic notes

Before shooting Dune, director Alejandro Jodorowsky made a real book to present the project to film studios. The film did not turn, but the Chilean director’s ideas are all collected in the few copies of the aforementioned book.

Dune: Jodorowsky’s book is up for auction

Anyone who has seen the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune he was probably intrigued by the director’s story. In fact, he declared that, in order to faithfully present his cinematic vision to the production studios, he had made it a real book. The latter includes the entire film adaptation project of the famous sci-fi opera by Frank Herbert. The book in question starts from script and develops through a storyboard, including concept art and much more. In short, it is the real declaration of intent of Alejandro Jodorowsky: the closest thing to the visionary film that ever saw the light.

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Since the release of the documentary, many have searched online for the book, but it is not on the market. However, there are a few handfuls of copies owned by the crew who worked with Jodororsky on the project.

The information site gizmondo.com announces that one of these copies will be auctioned through the Christie’s portal. The auction house claims the book is probably one of 10 or 20 copies in existence worldwide. A rarity that, according to estimates, could reach between 25 thousand and 35 thousand euros.

Dune: science fiction through the various forms of art

Dune is a work that has made a name for itself in the last year, also thanks to Denis Villeneuve’s film re-adaptation in 2021. The first film dedicated to the famous science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. it is dated 1984, when a young man was directing the set David Lynch.

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Fans are now waiting for the second part of the Villeneuve adaptation, which should arrive in 2023. In the meantime, in another article, we have also told you about how several videogame adaptations of Dune are being born online. Yes, because the title also entered the mass culture of video games, especially in the 90s.

However, regret remains for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s project, which unfortunately never came to fruition. At the base of the Chilean director’s adaptation there was a real colossal, which never came to fruition precisely because of the exorbitant costs. Suffice it to say that Jodorowsky’s original idea involved characters like Orson Welles, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dalì and a Pink Floyd soundtrack as actors.

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We’ll see if the book ever becomes public, which would make many fans happy: watching the storyboard imagining a movie that never was.