Get ready to experience something that hasn’t occurred in 18 years: a new River Phoenix movie will soon be coming to a movie theater near you.
The former child star passed away in 1993 and left one unfinished movie behind. Phoenix had been shooting “Dark Blood,” an apocalyptic drama set on a nuclear testing site, before his death, and Dutch director George Sluizer is ready to finally finish the film. In fact, Sluizer believes the final cut of the movie could be ready for release next year.
He explained to The Hollywood Reporter that he is going to use editing techniques like voice over to bridge the gap over the scenes Phoenix hasn’t shot. The plan is to ask Phoenix’s brother, Joaquin Phoenix, to do the voice work because “the voices of both brothers are very much alike.”
Sluizer sat on the footage of “Dark Blood” over the 18 years since Phoenix’s death because he was afraid it might be destroyed. Other than some potential legal issues surrounding a release of the movie that might result in a changing of the movie’s title, everything should be good to go to bring “Dark Blood” to the big screen.
The movie follows Phoenix as a hermit living in the desert on a nuclear testing site while he waits for the end of the world. A Hollywood couple played by Jude Davis and Jonathan Pryce come to the test site to seek shelter, and Phoenix ends up starting a troubled relationship with Davis’s character.
Phoenix is best known for his roles in “Stand By Me,” “A River Runs Through It” and “Running on Empty.” The last movie he finished before his death was 1993’s “The Thing Called Love.”