River Phoenix was one of Hollywood’s most talented young actors before he died of a tragic overdose back in 1993. And now, after almost twenty years of waiting, we will finally get a chance to see his final, unfinished piece of work.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dutch director George Sluizer has finally finished editing together Phoenix’s last movie, DARK BLOOD.
Sluizer, best known for his 1988 thriller THE VANISHING, personally held on to all the DARK BLOOD footage out of respect for the deceased actor, but after getting sick last year, he felt it was time to finally put everything together as a tribute to what the young man could have become:
“Completing this film now also gives me the opportunity to make my tribute to River Phoenix because I very much liked him and thought he was a talented actor.”
Sluizer was able to finish the movie with help from CineCrowd.com, a nonprofit site that funds film projects. It will premiere Sept. 27 in front of a guest audience at the Netherlands Film Festival.
Take a look at the 2012 trailer for the film below, as well as a very interesting interview Sluizer did for CineCrowd.com about what made him finally finish everything, and how he filled in the unfilmed areas.