Now that reviving family TV shows from decades ago has become the new wave that executives are riding these days, it’s only right that we get a reboot from one of our favorite culture-based series of all-time: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
According to The Hollywood Reporter a brand new reboot of the TV series that helped turn Will Smith from a rapper into a household name is currently being shopped around to the likes of Netflix, Peacock, and HBO Max amongst other streaming services. The kicker here is that the show will actually be a drama series as opposed to the comedy themed classic that we all knew and grew to love. The inspiration to turn the show into a drama stems from a four-minute video re-imagining of the show from superfan, Morgan Cooper. After the clip aired on YouTube in 2019 it caught Will Smith’s attention who in turn decided to turn the idea into a full fledged reboot.
Will Smith and Morgan Cooper are teaming to adapt the latter’s dramatic reimagining of the former’s beloved NBC comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Bel-Air is described as a dramatic take on the beloved ’90s comedy that catapulted Smith to stardom over six seasons starring as the street-smart kid who moved from West Philly to the tony Los Angeles neighborhood. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases of what it means to be a Black man in America today, while still delivering the swagger and fun nods to the original show.
Cooper is slated to co-write the script, direct and be credited as a co-EP.
Never let anyone tell you not to take a chance in life. Look at what it got Mr. Cooper who’s now hanging with Mr. Smith.
No word yet on whether or not any of these streaming services are down to give this new iteration of a classic comedy TV series, but hopefully this will lead to other reboots such as A Different World, Living Single (Friends doesn’t count!), or Family Matters even. Just not Good Burger. Please, Lord, not Good Burger (no shots).