RKO Bets On Comedy For Next Remake Project

RKO continues to plunder its vaults for classic movies to remake with the announcement that it is giving a modern makeover to the 1936 comedy Love On A Bet.

The original starred Gene Raymond as a man who bets his rich uncle that he can start in New York City’s Central Park in nothing but his underwear and travel to California, arriving with a new suit, $100 in his pocket and a fiancée. The adorable and sassy Wendy Barrie co-stars as Raymond’s love interest.

Steve Carr is set to be directing this new version from a script by Dave Punch. Producer Ted Hartley told the Hollywood Reporter

The original took place in the days where it was racy to be in underwear. This movie is going to start out with the guy wearing a lot less than his underwear. It’s going to be edgy and romantic.

I’m not sure that the words “edgy” and “romantic” really go well together. But if this project gets the greenlight – it is looking to start shooting next year – then perhaps it will help get the original version out on DVD.

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