Eighteen years after River Phoenix passed on, Dutch director George Sluizer (“Spoorloos”) says he will finish the young actor’s final film “Dark Blood” with the help of production house Eyeworks says The Hollywood Reporter.
The 23-year-old Phoenix was shooting the 1993 drama when he died of a heart attack in Los Angeles. After Phoenix’s death, Sluizer hid the original footage fearing it would be destroyed.
In the film the actor played a hermit living in the desert on a nuclear testing site as he waits for the end of the world. When a Hollywood jet-set couple (Judy Davis, Jonathan Pryce) arrives to find shelter, he begins a troubled relationship with the wife.
Now he’s re-edited the material and believes with a couple of adjustments he can deliver a final cut of the film for release next year though will likely undergo a title change. Sluizer plans to ask Phoenix’s brother Joaquin to do the voiceover as River’s character Boy.