'Dune' has become a critical and public success. Quite an achievement because the adaptation of this science fiction story to the cinema has been very complicated. We remember other great stories almost impossible to bring to the big screen in the Time Capsule of It's Finally Not Monday.
The so-called 'Film Festival', which is now called 'I'm going to the cinema', has been a great success. Held on September 27, 28, 29 and 30, spectators have once again filled theaters enjoying tickets at hyper-reduced prices (€ 3.50). 964,315 Spaniards have attended the cinemas during the campaign, the number of attendees has increased by 241% compared to the previous week and it has been the best week since the reopening of the cinemas, although we are still in figures lower than those of the pre -pandemic. Good data thanks to this campaign and a very interesting card in which 'Dune' has triumphed.
'Dune' is the long-awaited adaptation by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve of Frank Herbert's novel (1965), one of the most epic stories in science fiction. A story in which politics, religion, magic, dreams are mixed canada Dune And everything in a big way. Villeneuve's version was long-awaited because 'Dune' had already been adapted to the cinema in the 80s. And the one in this film is one of those stories that are almost impossible to adapt to the cinema. For this reason, Andrés Moraleda dedicates the Time Capsule of Finally It's Not Monday to remember this tortuous adaptation to the cinema and other great productions that did not reach theaters (and it was not because it was not tried).
In 1984, producer Dino de Laurentiis commissioned David Lynch to adapt 'Dune' (Lynch came from directing 'The Elephant Man'). The result is the least disturbing. Why? Series B special effects even for the time (the first three Star Wars installments had already been released), an insane cast (with singer Sting playing one of the villains), and a chaotic montage. Lynch delivered a 5-hour movie and was forced to drop it off at 2:30 at the latest. For whatever reason, that ended up being some incomprehensible gibberish.
Lynch's 'Dune' was a box office flop at the time, although today some consider it a cult classic. It was clear that it was early to make such an ambitious adaptation of Herbert's novel, but that was not the first attempt. At the beginning of the 70s, 'Dune' fell into the hands of the Chilean Alejandro Jodorowski, an artist of the most eclectic that he has done: cinema, theater, poetry, novel, essay, music, philosophy, puppets ... and he has worked as a mime, psychologist, draftsman, painter, sculptor and psychologist.
Total, that the guy spent 5 years working on an adaptation of 'Dune' that was going to be as chaotic as the character himself. The movie was going to be 12 hours long. The cast would include Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dalí. The visual part would be the responsibility of the French cartoonist Moebius. And the soundtrack to Pink Floyd.
If we talk about great stories, we must talk about Orson Welles, who was left with the thorn of shooting 'The Heart of Darkness' (which Coppola adapted in 1979 in 'Apocalypse Now') and, above all, his 'Don Quixote' , which got to start shooting but was left half with his death. In 1992, the mythical Jesús Franco tried to rebuild it according to Welles' instructions.
Speaking of Don Quixote, there is a very crazy project that is ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’, a Monty Python Terry Gilliam blockbuster, which began shooting in the late 1990s and premiered in 2018, 20 years later. Why? The film crew (in the Bardenas desert, Navarra) was lost in a flood in 2000. Jean Rochefort (Don Quixote) could not shoot on horseback because he had a double herniated disc. When he was replaced by John Hurt, he had to leave because he was diagnosed with cancer. Come on, the project was cursed.
The adaptation of 'The Lord of the Rings' was not cursed, but before Peter Jackson managed to bring it to fruition, it went through many hands. One of those hands was those of Stanley Kubrick, who in the late 60s thought it was a good idea to do a version of The Lord of the Rings with the Beatles as protagonists. Keep an eye on the fact: Paul McCartney was Frodo, Ringo Starr was Sam, George Harrison was going to be Gandalf and John Lennon Gollum. Luckily this did not come to fruition. Or if.