The New York Times has a jaw-dropping feature from Frank Pavich and Johnny Darrell:
I was recently shown some frames from a film that I had never
heard of: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1976 version of Tron. The sets
were incredible. The actors, unfamiliar to me, looked fantastic in
their roles. The costumes and lighting worked together perfectly.
The images glowed with an extravagant and psychedelic sensibility
that felt distinctly Jodorowskian.
However, Mr. Jodorowsky, the visionary Chilean filmmaker, never
tried to make Tron. I’m not even sure he knows what “Tron” is.
And Disney’s original Tron was released in 1982. So what 1970s
film were these gorgeous stills from? Who were these neon-suited
actors? And how did I — the director of the documentary
Jodorowsky’s Dune, having spent two and a half years
interviewing and working with Alejandro to tell the story of his
famously unfinished film — not know about this?
The truth is that these weren’t stills from a long-lost movie.
They weren’t photos at all. These evocative, well-composed and
tonally immaculate images were generated in seconds with the magic
of artificial intelligence.
It’s staggering how beautiful these stills are, and so evocative of what this imaginary film should look and feel like. You can practically hear them, they’re so sensual. The animation of stills atop the feature even feels like a trailer for the movie. Look at this on the biggest display you can.
The downside to this is that it has created in me a strong desire to see a movie that can never exist.