River Phoenix–Final Film Released After 18 Years

Dutch director George Sluizer says he will be finishing and re-cutting Dark Blood, a 1993 drama starring River Phoenix. The film stalled weeks before completion after Phoenix died of a heart attack, brought on by an alleged drug overdose, Halloween night outside of the Viper Room in Los Angeles.


Sluizer plans to reach out to Joaquin Phoenix, whose voice is comparable to older brother River, to complete the voiceover of River’s character “Boy.”

“The voices of both brothers are very much alike,” the director, who has stayed in touch with the Phoenix-family, told The Hollywood Reporter.

I’m glad to see footage of some of Phoenix’s final work resurfacing…and after almost two decades! His acting potential was overwhelmingly apparent, and I would have liked to have seen his transition through the 90s into the 2000s. One of his “final films” lined up before his death was Interview With the Vampire. Phoenix was the first candidate to play “the interviewer”… the role would later go to Christian Slater, who donated his entire earnings from the film to two of Phoenix’s favorite organizations.

I think if he was still alive he’d be in the top-tier with the likes of Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp. Let’s hope this film gets enough support for a nationwide release!! Please, Hollywood?

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