James Franco's 'My Own Private River,' Reworking of...

Feb 20, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: International Business Times

In 1991, the film "My Own Private Idaho," starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves was released.

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It's none of Joaquin's business. For years the Phoenix family have acted like they were nothing but ashamed of River. I'm sick of it. River was River and I'm very sure he was not ashamed of his life. So I'd like to tell Joaquin to just fck off and stop with the constant hiding and covering up, about a man who has been dead for almost 20 years. Is it still about money?

He wouldn't let Anthony Keidis talk about River but he didn't shut Van Sant up, at least not completely. I'm glad Gus is a man who respects the truth.

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I don't think Joaquin has as much pull as that. He may have voiced his "wishes" however, it was the legal ramifications,(as per:

[snip]Franco has no plans to distribute the film as he does not want to compete with the original or face legal action from New Line Cinema, which distributed 'Idaho'.
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of releasing/distributing the new product that spoke volumes and in the end had the final say.

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This is what the writer wrote and I would like to understand why River's truth can't be told.

"In reality, Phoenix and Reeves (who also co-starred in "I Love You to Death") were incredibly close and this is abundantly clear when watching the film. Franco's "My Own Private River" adds a brand new take (literally) on the dynamic between the two.

In a question-and-answer session following the film, Franco revealed that his original cut was 12 hours long. That version is now being kept from the public at the request of Joaquin Phoenix (River's Oscar-nominated brother).

For now, the film has been shelved but for a few exclusive showings. Franco has no plans to distribute the film as he does not want to compete with the original or face legal action from New Line Cinema, which distributed 'Idaho'."

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