---- picts of the unseen dune from http://www.duneinfo.com/ ----
Frank Herbert is to scifi what Tolkien is to Fantasy.
It is maybe the one and only saga i read every three/four years ;) and it continues to inspire me.
But Before that David Lynch turned it into the controversial movie everyboy knows... ( you love it or you hate it)
Did you know that back in 1974 there was a DUNE project in Europe, gathering eclectic band of talents lead by Alejandro Jodorowsky ( director) with...
Moebius( boards and character designs)
H.R. Giger (planet Harkonnen designs)
Chris Foss (vehicules and spaceships)
But also Dan O'Bannon( special effects), Orson Welles(as baron Vladimir Harkonnen) , Pink floyd (music) and Salvator Dali ( the emperor Shaddam the fourth for one hour on the set for a fee of $100,000 )...
What a crazy movie it would have been!
The project never passed the stage of conception, but this adventure triggered many ideas @ Holywood, and some bits and parts of this derelict planet can be still be found here and there for those who know where to look at...
( Dan O'Bannon worked on effects of episode IV )
Empire strikes back's Sarlacc pit
and Jabba the Hutt ( remains of Leto Atreides II the God emperor of Dune )
H.R. Giger: Alien got contacted after Dune to work on Alien, and the Planet harkonnen became the famous Planet LV-426
the Long tomorrow ( wrote by Dan O'Bannon)
The Incal ( wrote by Alejandro Jodorowsky, his own version of Dune's roots an mythos )
hope that the next movie planned for 2010 and directed by Peter Berg ( yes , a new DUNE! ) will live up to our expectations :)
And while we are at it, here's my own little tribute to the Dune Universe ;)