Long before Denis Villeneuve in 2021 (and David Lynch in 1984) brought science-fiction novelist Frank Herbert’s complex, bold and beloved epic Dune to cinemas, the pioneering Chilean French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted to do so. His doomed project, chronicled within the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, ended with a comprehensive book of imaginative and meticulously plotted details that encompassed his entire vision—from concept art to storyboarding. On 15 January, a crypto group under the name Spice DAO paid €2.66 million for this book. Although the sale does not grant Spice DAO the rights to do so, they intend to “produce an original animated limited series inspired by the book and sell it to a streaming service.” They also hope to make the art within the compendium public and support projects that draw inspiration from the material, as well. Read more about why they are forging ahead at Dazed.
Image courtesy of Jodorowsky’s Dune