The River Wild details a treacherous journey by friends in the Idaho wilderness. Among the friends are two estranged siblings, Joey and Gray, looking to reconnect, and Gray, a troubled man seeking revenge. Gray’s desire for vengeance has no limits – he has no qualms about murdering people, whether or not they have wronged him. 

The River Wild is not based on a true story; it’s a stand-alone sequel to the 1994 film River Wild

The River Wild’s story seems so real that people are wondering whether it’s based on a morbid true crime tale. No, it isn’t. The film is a remake of the 1994 film River Wild, starring Joseph Mazzello and Meryl Streep. 

The 1994 and 2023 films share a similar premise but are independent of each other.