Now this is a story all about how… Fresh Prince got flipped-turned upside down. NBC’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a popular 90s sitcom that shot Will Smith to stardom. The sitcom was centred on a street-smart boy from Philadelphia who was sent to upper-class neighbourhood Bel-Air.
The show lasted for 6 seasons and after 24 years since it’s final episode release, fans still can’t get enough of the show – including film director Morgan Cooper.
What started as a 4-minute video of what Cooper imagines Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would look like as a gritty drama instead of a comedy, is now being ordered to be a reboot of the original series.
The video titled Bel-Air caught the attention of its star Smith when it was published back in March 2019. According to THR, the series has been in production for a year and is currently being shopped around to various streamers including Netflix, Peacock and HBO Max.
Bel-Air will retell the same premise of a Philly boy sent to the gated mansions of the bougie neighbourhood but will take on a darker and more dramatic tone, detailing the conflicts and hardships of what it means to be a Black man in America today. Worry not, the reboot will still deliver fun and swag as a nod to the original show.
Original series producers Smith, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina as well as creators Andy and Susan Borowitz will be returning as executive producers. Cooper, is also set to be executive producer and will be co-writing the script with showrunner Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire).