River Phoenix’s death was a devastating loss to the Hollywood community. The young and talented actor died from a heart attack/drug overdose in 1993 on a sidewalk outside of The Viper Room nightclub. It was a sad ending for a promising young star. Eighteen years later, we may be seeing Phoenix again on the big screen. THR is reporting that Dutch director George Sluizer (The Vanishing) is completing production on the movie Dark Blood — a 1993 drama that Phoenix was shooting right before he died.
Apparently in an attempt to keep the film footage safe, Sluizer hid it for years fearing someone would try to destroy it. He claims that he’s recently edited the movie to a point where it can be released, and he’ll be asking Phoenix’s brother Joaquin to do the voiceover parts for the deceased actor’s character, Boy. Phoenix stars in the film as a “hermit living in the desert on a nuclear testing site as he waits for the end of the world.” Eventually he’s joined by a “Hollywood jet set couple” — played by Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce — and becomes entangled with the man’s wife.
Sluizer will have to get through all the legal paperwork surrounding copyright claims to possibly change the movie’s title before he can release the picture — which the studio hopes to have in theaters for 2012. Is this the kind of ending to a promising star’s career — who died from such tragic circumstances — that is befitting of his life? Or do you think the studio should leave this one hidden for good?