River Phoenix's Last Film, 'Dark Blood,' Gets September Premiere

08/01/2012 11:10 am ET | Updated Aug 02, 2012

River Phoenix's last film, "Dark Blood," will have come out into the light. According to THR, "Dark Blood" will have its world premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival on Sept. 27, almost 19 years to the day that Phoenix died of an apparent drug overdose.

This premiere has been in the work for quite some time. Back in October of 2011, director George Sluizer told THR that he was planning to finish the film with help from Joaquin Phoenix, River's brother. That ended up being wishful thinking for Sluizer, as Phoenix's family denied any involvement soon after the news broke. "Joaquin Phoenix and his family have not been in communication with the director nor will they participate in any way," a family spokesperson said to Deadline.com.

It appears Sluizer was still able to finish the film without the family's help. For those wondering what the select crowd can expect on Sept. 27, "Dark 'Blood" is a drama about a hermit (Phoenix) living on a nuclear testing site. It's only when a rich couple (played by Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis) arrives that he starts to awaken from his solitary ennui.

Phoenix was one of Hollywood's brightest young stars at the time of his death, having appeared in such films as "Stand By Me" and "Running on Empty."

For more on Sluizer and the film, head over to THR.

[via THR]

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