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Entertainment Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Dramatic Reboot in the Works from Will Smith's Production Company

13:27  12 august  2020
13:27  12 august  2020 Source:   people.com

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The Fresh Prince of Bel - Air is an American sitcom television series created by Andy and Susan Borowitz that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The series stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of himself

Image caption Will Smith starred in the original series, and will executive produce the new version. In west Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground was where he spent most of his days Now The Fresh Prince of Bel - Air - played by Will Smith in the beloved 90 s sitcom - is coming back in a reboot .

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is coming back — but with a dramatic twist!

Karyn Parsons, Tatyana Ali, James Avery, Will Smith, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro, Joseph Marcell posing for the camera: Chris Haston/NBC/Getty Fresh Prince of Bel Air © Provided by People Chris Haston/NBC/Getty Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Last year, director and superfan Morgan Cooper went viral when he released a fake movie trailer for the beloved comedy series, which reimagines it to be set in modern day and explores serious issues such as police brutality, gang crime and wealth inequality.

Now, Cooper and Fresh Prince star Will Smith are teaming up to make the trailer, which was released in March 2019, a reality, PEOPLE confirms.

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Will Smith is teaming up with Quincy Jones to create a serious-minded new version of his hit sitcom based on a viral trailer.

Will Smith will team with Morgan Cooper to adapt his dramatic reimagining of the classic NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel - Air . Bel - Air will be a “ Reboots remain in high demand across broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms,” THR notes. Franchises come with built-in recognition and viewership

At this time, a release date has not been revealed as the project is being shopped to streamers; it is a co-production between Smith's Westbrook Studios and Universal Television, a rep for the latter production company tells PEOPLE.

The project will be an hour-long retelling of the comedy and will highlight the plight of Black men in America today.

"Bel-Air is a one-hour, dramatic retelling of the beloved '90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, that leans into the original premise of Will's complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined version, 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," the Universal Television spokesperson says.

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Will Smith is apparently eager to get in on the 90 s nostalgia craze, as the actor is developing a modern reboot of beloved TV series, The Fresh Prince of Bel - Air . Simply titled Bel - Air , the project is being pitched as a “ dramatic take on the former NBC comedy that catapulted Smith to stardom.”

It worked for the Archie comics with Riverdale, and now nineties sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel - Air is getting a grittier, darker reboot as well. Will Smith is attached to executive produce a gritty, dramatic reimagining of the show which made him famous, based on a fan-made trailer video that

Karyn Parsons, Tatyana Ali, James Avery, Will Smith, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro, Joseph Marcell posing for the camera: Fresh Prince of Bel Air © Chris Haston/NBC/Getty Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Smith, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, original creators Andy and Susan Borowitz, Miguel Melendez and Terence Carter will serve as executive producers.

Cooper will co-write the script, direct and serve as co-executive producer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, the reboot has been in the works for over a year now. Deadline reported that Netflix, Peacock, HBO Max, Amazon and Apple are interested in housing Bel-Air.

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Of the trailer, Cooper told Okayplayer last year: "I felt like growing up I always thought there was more to the story more behind the sitcom format."

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While the original Fresh Prince was a half-hour NBC sitcom with memorable dramatic moments peppered in, this new reboot will be an hour-long drama simply titled Bel - Air . The project has been in the works ever since Smith saw the viral YouTube video of the same name and immediately teamed

Will Smith is revisiting his " Fresh Prince of Bel - Air " roots and reportedly working on a reboot of the 1990-96 NBC series. Westbrook Inc., a new media company founded by Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith , is developing a “spinoff” of the sitcom, which still pays syndication and streaming

"I thought, 'Wow, we could take this story and really ground it in reality in a really dramatic way,' " Cooper told Okayplayer.

Chris Haston/NBC Will Smith in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air © Provided by People Chris Haston/NBC Will Smith in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

For the trailer, Cooper said he partnered with Sun Square Media. He also called on the help of a plethora of newcomers with Jerry Madison playing Will, Jelani Talib as Carlton Banks, and Granvile O’Neal as Uncle Phil. James Avery played Uncle Phil in the original series. He died in 2014 at age 68.

It is not immediately clear if the cast Cooper used in the trailer will be in the reboot.

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“I’m very excited for everything that has happened and receive it humbly. But at the end of the day I’m a Black creative and representing my culture and expressing myself authentically is of the utmost importance to me," Cooper told Okayplayer.

Fresh Prince, which premiered in 1990, followed Smith's character Will after his mom sent him away from Philadelphia to live with his Uncle Phil in the wealthy neighborhood of Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California.

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Will Smith delighted Fresh Prince of Bel - Air fans in February when he brought back the popular Instead, PEOPLE has learned that Smith ’ s production company is, in fact, focused on a new Fresh News: Reported Bel - Air Reboot Not Quite in the Works , but Will Smith Producing Role Is on.

Will Smith , third from right, joined his Fresh Prince of Bel - Air family for a reunion photoCredit: Instagram. The snap saw Will with Tatyana Ali and He said: "Since the passing of my favourite dad in the world, ever on TV, James Avery passed, the chances of a Fresh Prince coming back together will

The series ran for six seasons before ending in 1996.


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