Incredible Concept Art From The Most Amazing Sci-Fi Movie Never Made

Before we get into the concept art here, you've gotta watch the trailer for Jodorowsky's Dune, a new documentary chronicling the eponymous Chilean director's crazy-ambitious attempt to bring Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic to the big screen in the 1970s.

Right?? This looks GREAT. Alejandro Jodorowsky's unbridled enthusiasm for the project doesn't seem to have waned in the thirty years since he began assembling what might be the greatest story never told on the silver screen (assuming you didn't check out David Lynch's adaptation from 1984).

Two solid years were spent plotting this unrealized masterpiece, which appears to have become as much a spiritual journey as a cinematic one—and one that would have suited Jodorowsky's cult-culture sensibilities pretty much perfectly. Check out the bizarro star-studded cast he was angling for: Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine, and Salvador Dali—featuring music by Pink Floyd, natch.

Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger produced much of the concept art in what was his first film experience. He went on to do designs for genre films and, perhaps most notably, the Alien series (NBD, this guy was the creative mind behind the alien).

Concept artist Chris Foss also brought his unmatched knack for sci-fi worlds to the endeavor. (Unrelated, but I didn't know he has a sensitive touch for humanoids as well. In addition to his space ships and floating cities, he drew the au-naturale, hair-everywhere art for the ultimate 1970s-style pleasure guide, The Joy of Sex; this is a pretty great article about how those visuals all came together.)

After watching the trailer, I was reminded of Lost in La Mancha, the on-set account of Terry Gilliam's impossible dream to make a movie about Don Quixote (now streaming on Netflix—watch it!!); an analogous attempt by a similarly zealous visionary.



Jodorowsky's Dune will be out in theaters later this month. In the meantime, here's a taste of what's to come.

Alejandro Jodorowksy

Here's Alejandro Jodorowsky rocking some hot wide-legged trousers, Jean Moebius Giraud, and an unidentified pal in the middle.

Artwork by H.R. Giger

H.R. Giger

Alejandro Jodorowsky

A photo by David Cavallo of storyboards for the film.

Artwork by Chris Foss

Artwork by H.R. GigerDavid Carradine and Alejandro Jodorowsky

David Carradine and Alejandro Jodorowsky talking movie magic.

Artwork by Chris Foss

Artwork by H.R. Giger

Alejandro Jodorowksy

Alejandro Jodorowsky and Jodorowsky's Dune director Frank Pavich.

Bravo, Orson Welles, you look incredibly commanding.

Photo by David Cavallo

Lead image: Artwork by Chris Foss

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