River Phoenix Final Movie Release After Drug Overdose – “Dark Blood.” Phoenix died in 1993 from an accidental drug overdose, but after his death, director George Sluizer hid the film. Sluizer recently enlisted Joaquin Phoenix to help with some of the voice work. The actor had been shooting “Dark Blood,” an apocalyptic drama set on a nuclear testing site, that’s never been seen by the public.
In fact, the director believes the final cut of the movie could be ready for release next year. He explained to The Hollywood Reporter that he is going to use editing techniques like voice over to bridge the gap over the scenes that haven’t been shot.
The plan is to have Joaquin do the voice work because “the voices of both brothers are very much alike.”
Sluizer sat on the footage of “Dark Blood” over the 18 years since Phoenix’s death because he was afraid it might be destroyed. Other than some potential legal issues surrounding a release of the movie that might result in a changing of the movie’s title, everything should be good to go to bring “Dark Blood” to the big screen.
The movie follows Phoenix as a hermit living in the desert on a nuclear testing site while he waits for the end of the world. A Hollywood couple played by Jude Davis and Jonathan Pryce come to the test site to seek shelter, and he ends up starting a troubled relationship with Davis’s character.
The actor is best known for his roles in “Stand By Me,” “A River Runs Through It” and “Running on Empty.” The last movie he finished before his death was 1993’s “The Thing Called Love.”