Cinemavault has announced the sale of North American rights to “Dark Blood,” River Phoenix’s final film which had been delayed for two decades due to the actor’s tragic death in 1993.
Director and co-writer George Sluzier spent years battling to complete the film after the insurance company attacked Phoenix for drug abuse, lost the claim in 1998, and allegedly destroyed the negatives. Sluizer managed to save the film and preserve the creative talent from being lost. In 2012 he was able, using the existing negatives, to edit and finally give life to the unfinished movie.
“Dark Blood” co-stars Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce and 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.
Lionsgate is planning a VOD release.