Jodorowsky's Dune Uncovered

Jodorowsky's Dune.

Scenes 1-9 : The Dog-beings.

From the Jodorowsky's Dune documentary we know that the film would have opened with a long continuous shot, starting from approaching the galaxy all the way through to the streets of the Emperor's golden planet.

The script however starts somewhat differently. It follows a ship through space through to the planet Kaitain at the centre of the galaxy, where it lands and Dog-Beings leave the ship, travel through a lifeless city, and enter the "Museum Of Man". Inside they find a giant robot on a crucifix. Pressing a button activates the robot, which projects, through its eyes, the history of humanity onto a screen - starting with the planet Earth exploding...

Quite a departure from Herbert's novel! But it does fit in with some early storyboards by Moebius that appeared in the 1975 French press kit.

Continue to Part 2: The History of Humanity

Some of the 'idiot drawings that accompany the script. The vehicle is crossing the city which is deserted, overrun with dust and vegetation. There are huge vegetal jelly-fish ; lots of beetles as big as motor-cars ; and ruins.