Samuel Goldwyn picks up 'Dark Streets'

B.B. King-scored film won CineVegas jury prize

NEW YORK -- Samuel Goldwyn Films has nabbed domestic rights to the '30s-era blues musical "Dark Streets," which features the first-ever film score from B.B. King.

Rachel Samuels' adaptation of producer Glenn M. Stewart's stage musical "The City Club" follows a naive playboy drawn into a treacherous love triangle with two blues singers at his favorite nightclub. Gabriel Mann, Bijou Phillips, Izabella Miko and Elias Koteas star.

SGF plans a late 2008 release for the film, which earned a special jury prize at this year's CineVegas as a work in progress. Etta James, Natalie Cole, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Solomon Burke and Richie Sambora perform original songs on the soundtrack.

Producers Claus Clausen, Andrea Balen and Corina Danckwerts and Stewart will donate half of the film's profits to the Blues Initiative, which aids New Orleans musicians hurt by the Gustav and Katrina hurricanes.

The studio is targeting the soundtrack and score for award nominations, along with its Lakeshore Entertainment drama "Elegy" starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz.

SGF's Peter Goldwyn negotiated the deal with Shaun Redick at the Collective on behalf of the filmmakers.