The new Fresh Prince is bringing some drama to Bel-Air for the reboot.
Variety confirmed that a rebooted version of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is officially in the works known as just Bel-Air, but it’s going to be a darker version than the Will Smith sitcom from the 90’s.
The reboot is going to be based on Morgan Cooper’s viral video from 2019 that was uploaded to YouTube and has over five million views. Watch it below:
When the trailer was uploaded it even got the attention of the original sitcom’s star, Will Smith. Smith interviewed Cooper about inspiration for his video and where he would envision his dramatic series going.
Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal TV will be producing the show. Currently it doesn’t have a home but the studios Peacock, Netflix and HBO Max are bidding on the series. Peacock is already on a roll with rebooting Punky Brewster and Saved by the Bell so this could the the streamers niche. But HBO Max would make sense has a home for the new show as it is the current home for the original series.
Cooper is attached to co-write, direct, and serve as a co-executive producer. While Chris Collins (The Wire, Sons of Anarchy) will be a co-writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Other producers include the original series creators Andy and Suzan Borowitz as well as Quincy Jones and Benny Medina.
Bel-Air will be one hour long episodes and will dive deeper into the conflicts and what it means to be a Black man in America today.