Denis Villenueve’s 2021 Dune film has resurged interest into the famously difficult to adapt sci-fi book franchise Dune by Frank Herbert. One of the earliest attempts to create a Dune film was by cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky, who spent three years attempting to develop a Dune film, and was unable to due to ever-growing budgetary needs. Jodorowsky’s Dune is often considered the “the greatest movie that was never made”, and a glimpse into that what could have been can be seen in his Dune storyboard.
Artwork and design for the book was done by Jean Giraud, a French artist better known as Moebius. The header page aligns Futura with a colorful ship mid-space. The title page of the storyboard features all-lowercase Eurostile Bold Extended, tightly spaced, with “DUNE” in Franklin Gothic Condensed. Artist pages lack typography, but character designs are in a Clarendon. The bilingual captions seem to be written on an IBM typewriter using Orator. Last but not least, running titles were added in Herkules.