The cult film king known for the “Twin Peaks” series and “Mulholland Drive” (2001)The director is Katsuhiro Otomo’s masterpiece manga“Dome”It turned out that he had once started a movie project.
“Domu” is a story about a suspicious death incident in a huge housing complex, a runaway of supernatural powers by a resident old man, Chou, and a battle of Etsuko, a girl with supernatural powers who challenges him. It was serialized from 1980 to 1981 and won the Seiun Award and the Japan SF Grand Prize. As Otomo’s work, it is also said to be the prototype of “AKIRA” that will be born later.
In the 1990s, the key person who was interested in making Dome into a movie was Niro Rodis-Jamero, who had been working on Lucasfilm for many years. Mr. Jamero, who was involved in “Star Wars Episode 5 / The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Star Wars Episode 6 / The Return of the Jedi” (1983) He was staying in Japan as a representative, where he met “Domu”.
According to Jamelo in the podcast “The Filmumentaries Podcast,” Bandai at the time would have invested in production and advertising costs if it could get the rights to make Dome into a movie. The discussions seemed to have progressed steadily, and Mr. Otomo allowed Mr. Jamero to produce the draft script, liked the content, and agreed to start the script work. After that, Mr. Jamelo chose David Lynch as a candidate for coach.
When George Lucas once planned to oversee Return of the Jedi, Lynch was invited to the film as an art director and met Jamelo. According to a US / Film interview, Mr. Jamelo and Lynch have been in contact since then.
「When I was able to miraculously do “Dome”, I brought a project to David.I thought this was David’s specialty.. This wasn’t my own project, I was just a pipe. “