River Phoenix’s Final Movie Might Get a Release

LOS ANGELES, CA - 1988: Actor River Phoenix, star of "Stand By Me," poses during a 1988 Los Angeles, California, photo portrait session. Phoenix, a rising young film star, tragically died in 1993 outside a Sunset Strip nightclub of a drug overdose. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images) Photo: George Rose/1988 George Rose

Director George Sluizer has announced plans to release Dark Blood, the 1993 film that Phoenix was filming at the time of his death. The movie, about a recluse who lives on a nuclear testing site, was left unfinished, and footage from the shoot has never been made public. Sluizer hopes to cobble together a final product with reedits and a voice-over from River's brother Joaquin Phoenix. Says Sluizer, "The voices of the two brothers are very much alike." [THR]