(ETX Daily Up) – It was long said that “Dune” was cursed on the big screen, until the recent adaptation of Denis Villeneuve. Christie’s wants to see if the sci-fi saga will meet the same auction success. The auction house will offer in November a storyboard of the abortive adaptation of “Dune” by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
This manuscript has become legendary among science fiction enthusiasts since producer Michel Seydoux proposed to Franco-Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky to adapt the cult book of Frank Herbert at the beginning of the years 35. A pharaonic project which was to bring together Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger, Orson Wells, David Carradine and Alain Delon in the cast.
After four years of work, Jodorowsky and Seydoux left for Hollywood with a huge color storyboard under his arm to hope to raise the missing five million dollars to make ends meet. MGM, Paramount and others all decline the proposal. If Jodorowsky’s crazy ambition never saw the light of day, the project entered the cinema pantheon as an “impossible film”.
The storyboard for sale at Christie’s is one of the few manuscripts giving a glimpse of what was heralded as “the greatest sci-fi movie of all time”. This thick volume includes reproductions of many of the thousands of drawings made by Moebius, co-creator of the comic book review “Métal Hurlant”, the British illustrator Chris Foss and the Swiss visual artist Hans Ruedi Giger as well as a almost complete cutting of the film. Some of these sketches can be seen in Frank Pavich’s award-winning documentary, “Jodorowsky’s Dune.”
According to Christie’s, there are only ten copies of this storyboard. This is why the auction house estimates that it could reach between 25. 000 and 35.000 euros. It will go under the hammer on 21 November in Paris, on the occasion of the “Rare books and manuscripts” sale.
An event not to be missed for fans of the 7th art, according to Vincent Belloy, specialist in charge of sales. “The passage on sale of one of these surviving copies is a major event and an extraordinary opportunity for collectors and amateurs to acquire a document of legend in the history of cinema,” he said in a statement. .
The general public will be able to discover this storyboard in the Parisian galleries of Christie’s of 17 to 22 November.