River Phoenix Final Performance Being Prepped for Posthumous Release

October 19, 2011

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It's been 18 years since the apparent drug overdose of River Phoenix at age 23, and in the mind of Dutch director George Sluizer, it's about time to finally finish that movie he'd been shooting with the actor back in 1993. Now that the spirits haunting the print have been adequately dispelled, Sluizer is working at assembling a finished cut of Dark Blood using his footage and some new, expository voice-over that will likely be provided by Phoenix's brother Joaquin. In the film, Phoenix plays a young hermit living on a nuclear testing site when he encounters a couple (Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis) looking for shelter; eventually, he enters into "a troubled relationship" with the wife. Sluizer's hope is for a release sometime next year, finally giving River Phoenix a slain rapper-like posthumous career to match Joaquin's fake rapper-like made-up career, complete with guest vocals.

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