That I’m a nerd should come as no surprise to anyone who’s read things I’ve written, so it should come as no surprise that I’m excited for this upcoming documentary. You see, long before David Lynch got around to it, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky was going to make a film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s super important Dune, a novel that asks the question: “What if the Middle East were a planet?” The film very famously wasn’t going to have much in common with the book at all, and also very famously never got off the ground.
Frank Pavich’s documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune explores the ways this film, though failed, has been influencing science fiction filmmaking for years.
So it could be said that the biggest influence on sci-fi over the past few decades may very well have been a Latino. That’s no small news.
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Jodorowsky’s Dune opens in theaters March 21.