"My ambition was tremendous. I wanted to make something sacred. A film that gives LSD hallucinations — without taking LSD ... to change the young minds of all the world."
And to think, some people make movies just to make a few bucks.
Those are the words of Alejandro Jodorowsky, the cult Chilean-French filmmaker who optioned the film rights to "the Bible of science-fiction," Frank Herbert's "Dune," in the mid-'70s ... and proceeded to craft a screen adaptation that was just too big, too wild and too damn expensive to ever exist.
That's really too bad, as the new documentary, "Jodorowsky's Dune," gives us a glimpse at what could've been: either the sci-fi movie to end all sci-fi movies or the biggest train wreck in the history of Hollywood.
Either way, a must-see.
The trailer shows us all sorts of pre-production materials like storyboards and sketches of mind-blowing sets, costume designs and characters, but it's Jodorowsky himself who steals the spotlight, with the veteran filmmaker (who turns 84 on Feb. 17) winning over the audience with this childlike enthusiasm (even though, he admits, he had never actually read "Dune").
This "Dune" was going to be quite the event, with a cast that included David Carradine, Mick Jagger and even Salvador Dali. H.R. Giger was going to be handling the creature and set designs, with Giger's "Alien" colleague Dan O'Bannon providing the special effects.
There's also a great story in which Jodorowsky bribed Orson Welles into being in the movie with the promise of catering being provided by a 5-star restaurant.
"We will change the world!" exclaims Jodorosky, and who knows? Maybe he would have.
It would've been something to see a "Dune" created by the man who gave us the acid western "El Topo" (1970) and, later, the surrealist horror film "Santa Sangre" (1989). Unfortunately, the production stalled for financial reasons (you think?) and the film rights lapsed until 1982, when they were then purchased by producer Dino DeLaurentiis, who went on to create "Dune" (1984) with director David Lynch.
And that film is, of course, an oddity unto itself.
"Jodorowsky's Dune" will hit theaters on March 21.