Back in 1974 a group purchased the rights to make a movie out of Dune directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Using French artist Jean "Moebius" Girard's 3000 drawings he finalized the script and almost made the weirdest adaptation of Dune ever.
The most interesting part is that each of the planets had their own concept artist leading to some truly bizarre and creative visions of the science-fiction epic. How they would have all meshed together is anyone's guess.
Jodorowsky set up a pre-production unit in Paris consisting of Chris Foss, a British artist who designed covers for science fiction publications, Jean Giraud (Moebius), a French illustrator who created and also wrote and drew for Metal Hurlant magazine, and H. R. Giger. Frank Herbert travelled to Europe in 1976 to find that $2 million of the $9.5 million budget had already been spent in pre-production, and that Jodorowsky's script would result in a 14-hour movie ("It was the size of a phonebook", Herbert later recalled). Jodorowsky took creative liberties with the source material, but Herbert said that he and Jodorowsky had an amicable relationship. - Wikipedia
Most of the artwork is from the awesome site Dune Behind the Scenes
H.R. Giger's vision of the sand worms of Arakas
Chris Foss' (1975) Pirate ship. The camouflage of this pirate ship is useless the powerful sensors of her attacker. Valuable spice leaks out, as the ship drifts lifelessly away from the scene of a conflict.
Chris Foss (1975). Emperor’s artificial planet. Under the Emperor's rule, many a tortured souls' voice rang out from the palace to echo across the prairie. Clad in pure gold, this citadel remains a valuable testament to the cruelties of some civilizations.
Jean "Moebius" Giraud Lord Piter Mental murderer of Baron Harkonnen, effeminate, drugged, sadist, in love with Lady Jessica.Great bizarre stuff.