Director Releasing River Phoenix's Last Movie

'Dark Blood' has been re-edited
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2011 9:18 AM CDT
River Phoenix is shown in an interview given when he was 17.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – The film River Phoenix was shooting at the time of his death will finally be released, likely next year. Dutch director George Sluizer has re-edited the 18-year-old footage and plans to finish Dark Blood by making a few additional adjustments, like adding a voice-over. He intends to ask Phoenix’s brother, Joaquin, for help with that task, he tells the Hollywood Reporter: "The voices of both brothers are very much alike."

The 1993 drama features Phoenix as a hermit waiting for the world to end while living on a desert nuclear testing site. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he ends up in a complicated relationship with the wife of a Hollywood couple, played by Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce, who seek shelter there. (IMDb's explanation of the plot is a little more sinister sounding.) Sluizer hid the footage to keep it from being destroyed after Phoenix’s death of a suspected drug overdose.

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