Director George Sluizer Wants Joaquin Phoenix To Fill In For His Brother
River Phoenix's final film is set to rise from the ashes. The director of Dark Blood, left uncompleted in 1993 due to Phoenix's drug overdose, says he will re-edit footage from the movie using the help of River's brother, Joaquin Phoenix.
George Sluizer has announced he will reexamine the footage from Dark Blood and attempt to put together a finished product with the help of Joaquin, who would provide voice-over work for his late older brother.
"The voices of the two brothers are very much alike," Sluizer said.
The film follows a young man called Boy (River Phoenix) who lives alone on a nuclear testing site in the desert making dolls. There he runs into a married couple (played by Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce) after their car breaks down.
Phoenix had just three weeks of filming left before he tragically overdosed on the sidewalk outside L.A.'s Viper Room, a nightclub partially owned at the time by Johnny Depp.
At just 23 years old, Phoenix was on the verge of breaking into some really big acting roles. He had already earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in Running On Empty, played a young Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade and appeared in classics like Stand By Me and My Own Private Idaho.
This October 31 will be the 18th anniversary of his death.