I'm planning on picking up the Blu-Ray edition of David Lynch's Dune in the next few weeks, its always been a favourite film of mine despite the critical mauling the film regurly receives. Possibly the greatest sci-fi film never made has to be Alejandro Jodorowsky's adaptation of Frank Herbert's epic novel. Jodorowsky was hired on to direct the film in 1974, and after two years and two million dollars worth of pre-production the film was abandoned after the French financier's balked at the scope of Jodorowsky's vision.
Jodorowsky had amassed quite a team for his production of Dune - conceptual artists HR Giger, Jean 'Moebius' Giraud and Chris Foss, Dan O'Bannon was hired to supervise special effects, Pink Floyd were proposed for soundtrack duties, and Salvador Dali was to appear as the Emperor of the universe. No footage was ever shot for the film so all we are left with are various artworks for the film, including five wonderfully dark and strange paintings by Alien designer HR Giger. The final two paintings below post-date the Jodorowsky production.