Crypto Investors Plot Animated Series Based on Jodorowsky’s ‘Dune’ Ideas — Without ‘Dune’ IP

A collective of cryptocurrency investors recently attracted some online ridicule after spending €2.66M on one of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s story bibles detailing the director’s ambitious vision for his unmade “Dune” movie. The organization known as Spice DAO (DAO is short for “decentralized autonomous organization”) recently detailed their plans for the purchase. Now that they own a copy of the book, which Jodorowsky used to pitch his vision to studios, the group announced plans to “make the book public (to the extent permitted by law)” and “produce an original animated limited series inspired by the book and sell it to a streaming...
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What exactly is the Jodorowsky’s Dune crypto collective trying to make, anyway?

Last year, a collective of cryptocurrency fans pooled millions of dollars to buy a copy of the story bible for director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s legendary never-made adaptation of the novel Dune. After winning a November auction, the group voted last week on a direction for the project and got promptly roasted online for allegedly not understanding what they’d bought. Their plans included an animated series inspired by Jodorowsky’s Dune, and as any good collector likely knows, buying a commemorative copy of a script or storyboard doesn’t give you the right to shoot your own version.

Spice DAO bought a rare copy of Jodorowsky’s ‘Dune’ for $3 million

As Frank Herbert wrote in Dune, “The real universe is always one step beyond logic.” Case in point: a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) spent $3 million on a rare copy of a proposed Dune adaptation, allegedly with the misguided idea that owning the book would also grant them the rights to its content.

Rare Book Featuring the Concept Art for Jodorowsky’s Goes Up for Auction (1975)

Denis Villeneuve’s new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune has made a decently promising start to what looks set to shape up into an epic series of films. But however many installments it finally comprises, it’s unlikely to run anywhere near as long as Alejandro Jodorowsky’s version — had Jodorowsky actually made his version, that is. Previously featured here on Open Culture, that project promised to unite the talents of not just the creator of the Dune universe and the director of The Holy Mountain, but those of Mœbius, H.R. Giger, Salvador Dalí, Pink Floyd, Orson Welles, and Mick Jagger. Even David Lynch’s Dune, for all its large-scale weirdness, would surely play like My Dinner with Andre by comparison.

Taika Waititi to make a movie of iconic comic The Incal by Jodorowsky and Moebius

Thor director Taika Waititi is set to bring one of the most legendary graphic novels in the history of comics, The Incal, to the big screen. Waititi will direct and co-write the sci-fi graphic series created by Alejandro Jodorowsky and enormously influential French artist Jean Giraud, also known as Moebius. The sprawling series began in the comic Heavy Metal in 1980 and has spawned various spinoffs in the same deeply weird cosmic universe.

Taika Waititi To Direct Jodorowsky’s “Incal”

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s legendary 1970s graphic novel “The Incal” is finally coming to the big screen with filmmaker Taika Waititi just announced as director. Publisher Humanoids has released a video announcement with the 92-year-old Jodorowsky handing over the torch to Waititi and giving the New Zealand helmer his blessing to do his own interpretation of the work. Waititi will with Jemaine Clement and Peter Warren on the script.

Taika Waititi to adapt Jodorowsky and Mœbius’ ‘The Incal’

For reasons too many to number in a news post like this, it’s been a pretty interesting century for the film industry, but one fascinating trend that stands out is how the dominos have fallen when it comes to adapting novels and comics and whatnot that were considered to be impossible to film. We made a lengthy comparison between the paths that Lord of the Rings and Dune took to the screen, but just think: in the past decade, John Carter, Cloud Atlas, The Dark Tower, and a whole host of other works have made it to the screen, to say nothing of the full translation of the Marvel Comics universe to the big screen. Hell, there’s even an adaptation of Don Delillo’s White Noise coming to Netflix next year. But the graphic novel publisher Humanoids dropped an announcement earlier on Thursday morning that The Incal, one of the granddaddies of comic-book science fiction that was written decades ago by cult filmmaker genius Alejandro Jodorowsky and drawn by Mœbius (who is up there with Jack Kirby as one of the greatest comic illustrators of all time) and considered impossible to bring to the screen, will be adapted. And it’ll be done by Taika Waititi, as well.

Why Dune fans should be thankful Jodorowsky’s Dune was never made

Dune movies have been historically troubled. As American audiences await what sounds like a triumphant adaptation from visionary director Denis Villeneuve, many are revisiting the strange history of various Dunes that came before. While the reputation of the 1984 David Lynch Dune remains decidedly mixed, and the 2000 Sci-Fi Channel...