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Film starring late actor River Phoenix acquired by Lionsgate

 Lionsgate is planning a VOD release
Lionsgate is planning a VOD release
Jazo PR

A film starring the late actor River Phoenix has been resurrected. It was announced today that the North American rights for Dark Blood has been sold to Lionsgate. The production on the film was halted in 1993 following the death of River Phoenix (Stand By Me).

Lionsgate is planning a VOD release for the title. The feature film is directed and co-written by George Sluizer (The Vanishing, The Commissioner) who spent years battling to complete the film.

In 1993 the insurance company of the film attacked River Phoenix for drug abuse, lost the claim in 1998 and decided to destroy the negative of Dark Blood, but Director George Sluizer managed to save the film and preserve the creative talent from being lost. In 2012 he was able to edit and finally give life to the unfinished movie Dark Blood, using the existing negative.

The film co-stars Judy Davis (Barton Fink, Husbands and Wives) and Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean).

Dark Blood tells the story of Boy (Phoenix) a young widower who retreats to the desert after his wife dies of radiation following nuclear tests near their home. Boy is waiting for the end of the world and carves Katchina dolls that supposedly contain magical powers. Harry (Pryce) and Buffy (Davis) travel to the desert on a second honeymoon in an attempt to save their marriage. Their Bentley breaks down in the middle of nowhere and Boy rescues the couple. Haunted by the memories of his wife, Boy holds them prisoner because of his desire for the woman and his ambition to create a better world with her.

Dark Blood is currently in theaters in Japan under Culture Convenience Club, scheduled to be released in Brazil with Esfera Filmes, South Korea with AUD Cinema, and in Turkey with Digiturk.