Abel Cain

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Abel Cain
Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Produced by David Lynch
Parallel Media
Written by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Starring Axel Jodorowsky
Music by Adan Jodorowsky
Cinematography Vilmos Zsigmond
Country United States
Language Spanish

Abel Cain (formerly Sons of El Topo) is a stalled film project written and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. It was to be produced and financed by Parallel Media.[1] It is the sequel to Jodorowsky's cult acid western El Topo. In a 2010 interview, Jodorowsky said that the film had "dragged a long time," and suggested that Abel Cain will not feature any "stars," and that he has cast his son Axel Jodorowsky in the lead role just as he did in his 1989 film. [2] It was expected to be released sometime between late 2011 to 2012, but appears to be shelved so that he may shoot his biopic, The Dance of Reality first.[3] In a November 29 interview, Jodorowsky announced that he had found financing for the film and would begin shooting the project in September in Mexico after he is finished with The Dance of Reality.


After a nuclear apocalypse, the whole landscape is a desert ruin, except for a small island paradise where El Topo is buried. Though visible and seemingly accessible, every attempt to enter this island has resulted in disaster. El Topo’s sons, Cain and Abel, were separated as boys because El Topo predicted that Cain would kill Abel. But when evil marauders steal their mothers’s body in an attempt to trick their way into the island, the brothers join forces to deliver their dead mother to be buried with their father. Not only must they overcome an enemy adept at technological witchery, they must overcome the curse that marks their destiny.[4][5]


Alejandro Jodorowsky began attempting to resurrect his film career in the mid-nineties after becoming disillusioned with the business during his poor experience on The Rainbow Thief and attempted to market a sequel to his classic El Topo, and created a teaser poster.[6] Originally Sons of El Topo was to star Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp, but the funding never materialized and Jodorowsky shortly abandoned the project.[7]

Jodorowsky next attempted to make a "metaphysical gangster film" entitled King Shot, which was to be produced by David Lynch and star Marilyn Manson and Nick Nolte. He drew numerous conceptual sketches[8][9] and heavily marketed the film to producers, but eventually he and Lynch abandoned the project after they were only able to acquire a portion of the budget necessary to shoot the film and Jodorowsky was given another opportunity to make his "dream project".

In a November 2009 interview with The Guardian, Jodorowsky revealed that he had stopped trying to make King Shot, but had finally been given financing for the sequel to El Topo by some "Russian producers" who own Parallel Media films.


  1. ^ Steve Rose (2009-11-14). "Lennon, Manson and me: the psychedelic cinema of Alejandro Jodorowsky | Film". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Google Kääntäjä" (in Finnish). Translate.google.fi. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  3. ^ Gilchrist, Todd (2011-01-26). "Alejandro Jodorowsky: A Spirited Talk With The ‘Santa Sangre' Director". The Wall Street Journal. 
  4. ^ "IMDb Pro : Abel Cain Business Details". Pro.imdb.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  5. ^ http://www.parallelmediafilms.com/#/films/abelcain
  6. ^ "The Sons Of El Topo". Hotweird.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Biography of Alejandro Jodorowsky". Short-biographies.com. 1929-02-07. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  8. ^ "Pictures King Shot". 123nonstop.com. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  9. ^ "Alejandro Jodorowsky". Technoccult.net. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 

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