Dark Blood River Phoenix 2012 Release

March 9, 2012 by staff 

Dark Blood River Phoenix 2012 Release, Eighteen years after River Phoenix’s death, the director of his last movie has announced that he will release Dark Blood, the drama the actor was working on when he died of a drug-induced heart attack outside LA’s Viper Room nightclub.

Dutch director George Sluizer has re-edited footage from the unfinished shoot and believes he can release a final cut of the film next year, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He plans to ask River’s brother, Joaquin Phoenix, to provide a voiceover as Boy, the character River was playing when he died, aged 23, 11 days from the film’s wrap. “The voices of both brothers are very much alike,” said the director.

Dark Blood, which also stars Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis, sees Phoenix play a hermit living on a nuclear test site. His conviction that the end of the world is approaching is tested when he starts a relationship with a married woman (played by Davis), who stumbles across him with her husband (Pryce) when their car breaks down in the desert.

A critically acclaimed actor at the time of his death, Phoenix delivered standout performances as a troubled teen in Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me and Gus van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho. Celebrity fans include actor James Franco, who presented a video installation called My Own Private River at the Gagosian gallery in Beverly Hills earlier this year. It showed a looped video of out-takes from Van Sant’s film, soundtracked with music by former REM frontman Michael Stipe.

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