STAR STUDDED SOUNDTRACK FEATURES ORIGINAL SONGS PERFORMED BY ETTA JAMES, NATALIE COLE, DR. JOHN, AARON NEVILLE, SOLOMON BURKE AND RICHIE SAMBORA
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, BB KING CONTRIBUTES TO AN ORIGINAL SCORE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York (September 4, 2008) – Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to Dark Streets starring Gabriel Mann, Bijou Phillips, Izabella Miko, Elias Koteas and Toledo. Produced by Glenn M. Stewart, Claus Clausen, Andrea Balen and Corina Danckwerts, Dark Streets is based on a stage musical by Stewart titled THE CITY CLUB which made its debut at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The film, directed by Rachel Samuels, was awarded a Special Jury prize at this year's CineVegas where it screened as a work-in-progress.
Set against a visually dazzling 1930s backdrop, Dark Streets is the story of a dashing but, naïve playboy who owns the hottest nightclub in town. Surrounded by the blues music he adores, and caught in a love triangle between two beautiful singers, he is the envy of every man; until, his charmed life starts to spiral out of control. As he is drawn deeper into a web of lies and betrayal, he no longer knows who to trust and who to fear.
In an homage to the blues music which drives the film, the producers will donate fifty-percent of the film's profits to The Blues Initiative. The Blues Initiative is a non-profit organization administered by The Baton Rouge Area Foundation which directly aids musicians and contributes to the revival of the cultural and music arts in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricanes' Gustav and Katrina.
Goldwyn has slated a fourth quarter release.
The star-studded soundtrack features original songs performed by Etta James, Natalie Cole, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Solomon Burke and Richie Sambora. These songs were written by a brand new team of writers assembled by Stewart. The team, based in the UK, is comprised of Tim Brown, James Compton and Tony De Meur. Famed music supervisor/record producer George Acogny (BLOOD DIAMOND, Peter Gabriel's SHAKING THE TREE) composed the Original Score which features BB King – a first for the musical legend. Keith Young (RENT) choreographed.
"We're excited to release a film in which stunning blues musical production numbers are an integral part; propelling the mood and pacing of the story. Audiences will be simply blown away by the soundtrack which is sure to be an Awards' contender with the caliber of artists involved," said Meyer Gottlieb, President of Samuel Goldwyn Films.
According to Stewart, "We are delighted to be working with Samuel Goldwyn Films on the U.S. release of Dark Streets. Our hope is that all lovers of music – specifically the Blues - will be pleased with our attempt to make the first feature length original Blues musical in the history of cinema."
The deal was negotiated by Peter Goldwyn, Vice President of Acquisitions and Shaun Redick at The Collective on behalf of the filmmakers.
ABOUT SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS
Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries. The company is dedicated to working with world renowned and emerging writers and filmmakers and is committed to filmed entertainment that offers original voices in uniquely told stories. This steadfastness is best exemplified by the Oscar-nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, SUPER SIZE ME, AMAZING GRACE and Julie Delpy's hit comedy 2 DAYS IN PARIS. Goldwyn's 2008 slate includes PRICELESS (March 28), a romantic comedy starring Audrey Tautou, Oscar-winner Claude Lelouch's ROMAN DE GARE (April 25), FUGITIVE PIECES (May 2) based on the international bestseller by Anne Michaels, ELEGY (August 8th) starring Penélope Cruz and Sir Ben Kingsley and, the recently acquired PARIS directed by Cédric Klapisch starring Oscar winner Juliette Binoche.