River Phoenix passed away with three weeks left to shoot Dark Blood, an indie feature set to be the runaway hit of 1993. Production came to a standstill after his death, but now, nearly 20 years later, director George Sluizer and editor Michiel Reichwein have decided to finish and release the film with the help of a little crowdsourcing.

Here's the film's synopsis:

Dealing with nuclear testing and its long-lasting deadly effects, the story portrays Boy, a young widower living in the desert at a nuclear testing site. Living as a hermit, he waits for the end of the world carving Katchina dolls that he believes have magical powers. While traveling on a "second" honeymoon across the Arizona desert, the car of the Hollywood jet-set couple (Pryce & Davis) breaks down. They are rescued by Boy, who holds them prisoners because he desires the woman and wants to create a better world with her.

The plot, coupled with the tragedy of River Phoenix's premature passing, promises what I'm sure to be a lighthearted romp.

[The Daily What]