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Jodorowsky Says This Illustrated “Dune” Script Is a Fake. So Who Made It, and Why?

Alleged Jodorowsky Dune script

Alejandro Jodorowsky says this “idiotic drawing” has nothing to do with his “Dune” script. So… what is it, then?

In March, a curious item showed up on eBay: a typewritten movie script with illustrations that claimed to be—per its title page—”DUNE, screenplay by Alejandro Jorodowsky, adapted from ‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert.”

The bound manuscript was being auctioned by Grady’s Record Refuge, a record store in Ventura, California. When Jodorowsky got wind of the auction, he described the artifact as a “fake script with idiotic drawings” on Twitter.

The seller took the item to a professional archivist, who said that it dated from the Jorodowsky Dune era—ruling out the possibility that it was something created in the wake of the 2013 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. The archivist also said that the illustrations were prints—lithographs, most likely—which suggests that there may be more copies in existence. The item ended up selling for over $6,000.

In a video posted today, record store owner Grady Runyon tells his story, shows some of the book’s pages, and invites Jodorowsky (more than once) to come to his record store:

This whatever-it-is has been pondered numerous times; blog posts at Feuilleton and Dangerous Minds shed a little light. Thanks to BoingBoing for the heads-up on this video. Here are a bunch of images posted to a Photobucket slideshow.

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

Possibly Fake Jodorowsky Dune script

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Published on: May 18, 2015

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5 Responses to Jodorowsky Says This Illustrated “Dune” Script Is a Fake. So Who Made It, and Why?

  1. EeBee says:

    I have no objection to people spending money any way they like. Maybe some famous person did draw it. But the drawings are shit. The drawing, the comp, the concepts- it’s shit.

  2. ShaunS says:

    If you compare to the art style of the real manuscript as seen in “Jodorowski’s Dune” (documentary), it’s quite clear this one is fake.

    • billted says:

      Its not Drawn by Moebius, but Duneinfo says that it does seem to match plot rumors of earlier versions of Jodorowsky’s dune script. Thre were also other artists who where working on that project who may have done these drawings.

      Its not the Mobius storyboard “script” from the documentary, but some people think it could be an earlier one.

  3. fuckeebee says:

    eebee you are an uptight chubby trany if you think these drawings are shit, they are pretty damn unique, and interesting to look at. I think you’re just too busy shoving candlewax in your dickhole to actually appreciate decent art

  4. Joey Lawrence says:

    “WHOA!!!”- Joey Lawrence

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