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.