Described as an existential western, the film follows Boy (Phoenix), who lives in the middle of the desert and becomes dangerously obsessed with the wife of a holidaymaker couple (Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce) who come asking for help.
Now Lionsgate has acquired the North American distribution rights to the film, and is planning a video-on-demand release. Previously, an unfinished version had only seen limited release at various film festivals, including this year’s Glasgow Film Festival.
It’s been a long and arduous road to the commercial release of Dark Blood. Its director, George Sluizer, initially deemed the project impossible to finish without its 23-year-old star. The insurance company decided to destroy the film, but Sluizer discovered rolls of film languishing in a warehouse in London.
After rescuing what remained of the film, he held on to the rolls for more than a decade. In 2007, the Dutch director was spurred on to finish the film when he was told by doctors that he would not live long due to a brain aneurysm.
Dark Blood is expected to premiere on VOD later this year. Watch the trailer below: