Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to get dramatic reboot
Bel-Air will take a deeper dive into issues like race and poverty.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air will be the next property to receive the reboot treatment.
Original star Will Smith and director Morgan Cooper are teaming up to create a darker, more dramatic version of the 90s sitcom which will simply be titled Bel-Air.
The idea stemmed from a trailer Cooper created in 2019 which offered a more serious take on the premise of a working-class teenager from Philadelphia being sent to live with his wealthy Aunt and Uncle in the upscale L.A neighbourhood.
Cooper posted his clip to YouTube where it quickly went viral, racking up over 5 million views, and soon caught the attention of Smith.
“Morgan did a ridiculous trailer for Bel-Air,” he said. “Brilliant idea – the dramatic version of The Fresh Prince for the next generation.”
Bel-Air will be directed by Cooper and co-written by him and Chris Collins, who has also worked on The Wire and biker gang drama Sons of Anarchy.
Collins will serve as showrunner with Smith and original producers Benny Media and Quincy Jones also on board.
The project has been in development for over a year and is currently the subject of a bidding war between multiple streaming platforms.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996 and launched the career of Smith as an actor.
Source: The Guardian