Thursday, October 20, 2011

18 Years After Death, River Phoenix's Final Movie May Star Brother Joaquin

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Almost 18 years after his death, the final film of talented actor River Phoenix might be completed, with a bit of help from Phoenix's surviving brother, Joaquin. River Phoenix was only twenty-three years old when he died of a drug overdose outside of Johnny Depp's popular Viper Room Club in 1993 while working on the film Dark Blood. After Phoenix's death, the film remained unfinished. The film's original director, George Sluizer, recently told The Hollywood Reporter that he is currently making plans to complete the movie with help from Joaquin to do voice overs. "The voices of both brothers are very much alike," says the director, who has stayed in close touch with the Phoenix family over the years. Sluizer, director of the original, Dutch-language version of the acclaimed psychological thriller The Vanishing, states if Joaquin agrees to do the voice over, the film could see a release date as early as next year.

During his life, River Phoenix was considered one of the most talented actors of his generation, starring in the classic films Stand by Me and My Own Private Idaho. He earned an Academy Award nomination at the age of 18 for the film Running on Empty.

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