You may recall that in 2019, a hoax Youtube trailer on a reboot of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’. Treated with Hollywood’s flare for the “dark and gritty”, it naturally went viral. But it turns out the project struck a cord with filmmakers and this week it was announced that a real drama reboot is now in the works.
HBO Max, Netflix and Peacock are all vying for the right to stream the forthcoming adaption with Will Smith teaming up with the trailer’s creator Morgan Stewart. NBC comedy series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air rose Smith’s career to prominence after he starred as a street-kid who moved from Philly to an upper-class neighbourhood for a solid six seasons.
Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that the new Bel-Air has been in the works for more than a year after it caught Smith’s attention immediately as the trailer went viral. He will co-write the script, direct and be credited as a co-EP. Bel-Air is expected to take form as an hourlong dramatic retelling. But in light of modern events, will strive to go deeper into complex conflicts and biases surrounding what it is to be a black man or woman in America today.
Without this crucial aspect to the production, it could miss an important audience of Black Lives Matter followers who rely on their stories to be told through modern cinema.
Original series producers Smith, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina as well as creators Andy & Susan Borowitz, are all set to return as executive producers.