Sony Pictures Classics Acquires 'Jodorowsky's Dune' Rights for North America

"Jodorowsky's Dune"

Frank Pavich's doc looks at a 1970s attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's landmark sci-fi novel.

Sony Picture Classics has acquired the North American rights to Frank Pavich's documentary Jodorowsky's Dune.

The film chronicles the mid-1970s attempt by filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky to adapt Frank Herbert's landmark sci-fi novel Dune. The documentary premiered at Cannes in May. 

"To have my first film distributed by Sony Pictures Classics is a dream come true.," said Pavich in a statement. "I'm incredibly excited to know that we will be working alongside the company that so fully supported such great documentaries like Crumb and Searching for Sugar Man. SPC has seen that, even though this is a documentary about a never-completed film, it is not a story about failure. It's a story about ambition and how the power of art can effectively change the world."

In a festival review, The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Dalton described Jodorowsky's Dune as an "homage" to a lost film. "For all its claims of prophetic genius, Pavich’s documentary may well prove to be a more enjoyable film than the high-camp carnival of excess it seeks to commemorate," he wrote. 

In addition to Pavich, Jodorowsky's Dune is produced Stephen Scarlata and Travis StevensDonald Rosenfeld is the executive producer.