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Storyboards for Doomed 'Dune' Film Goes up for Auction in Paris

Storyboards for Doomed 'Dune' Film Goes up for Auction in Paris

Tuesday, 23 November, 2021 - 07:30
One of the ten Alejandro Jodorowsky's epic 1970 Dune storyboard copies is displayed to the public three days before an auction at Christie's Paris gallery, on November 19, 2021. (AFP)

The script of Franco-Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky's doomed 1970s adaptation of "Dune" that was supposed to bring together Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger and Pink Floyd, went up for auction in Paris on Monday, reported Agence France Press (AFP).

According to Christie's Auctions, the storyboards for this 1970s movie, which were on display since November 18, were valued at 25,000 to 35,000 euros.

They feature the drawings that were supposed to be used in the movie.

The drawings were made by celebrated French graphic novelist Moebius (alias Jean Giraud, who died in 2012) and Swiss illustrator Giger, who went on to design "Alien" in 1979 and died in 2014.

Moebius and Giger were selected to handle the artistic direction of this giant project, and the storyboards were aimed at "attracting large US production companies," according to Christie's.

First published in 1965, "Dune," the brainchild of author Frank Herbert, has been adapted again this year by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve.

US director David Lynch was the first to turn this novel into a movie in 1984, but it ended up as a commercial failure.

Jodorowsky's adaptation of the novel in mid-1970s collapsed for lack of funding, but the storyboards of his project made a great attraction for sci-fi fans.

"We know of several other copies: one was offered for auction several years ago, another is in Jodorowsky's possession... A third has been partially reproduced online," said Christie's.

The auction house said around 10 to 20 copies were produced, though it was hard to be certain.

Jodorowsky, in his 90s today, had great aspirations for "Dune," although he made many other movies including El Topo (1970), and The Holy Mountain (1973).

He planned a movie whose duration ranges between 10 and 15 hours, revealed Christie's.

Pink Floyd and Magma were the bands approached for its soundtrack.

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