RKO Remaking Classic Road Comedy Love on a Bet
by Alex Billington
November 20, 2008
The recently re-established RKO is developing a remake of the 1936 road comedy titled Love on a Bet for comedy regular Steve Carr (of Daddy Day Care and Are We Done Yet?) to direct. The original was directed by Leigh Jason and starred Gene Raymond and Wendy Barrie. In the film, to raise money for a play, a man bets his rich uncle that he can begin a journey in New York's Central Park with nothing but his underwear and end up in California with a suit, $100 and a fiancee. I really love that concept, but in the hands of Steve Carr, it's going to be turned into one hell of a shitty Hollywood movie. What a travesty!
"The original took place in the days where it was racy to be in underwear," producer Ted Hartley told Hollywood Reporter. "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." Dave Punch is writing the updated screenplay, which will focus on the romance and the cross-country nature of the story. This is Carr's first romantic comedy, but that doesn't mean we'll get anything better than his past work (which includes Next Friday, Dr. Dolittle 2, and the upcoming Paul Blart: Mall Cop). Is there any hope that this will turn out good? Or is RKO ruining a classic?