Will Smith to reboot 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' as drama series

Brenda Watkins
August 11, 2020

The difference this time is that while the original Fresh Prince was a lighthearted sitcom, with Smith playing a kid from West Philadelphia (born and raised) who gets sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in Bel-Air, this one will be a darker, dramatic version of the same concept.

But this time the story of the streetwise teen who moves in with his upper-class uncle and aunt will not be a comedy, according to USA reports.

The short film, which starred Jerry Madison as Will, went viral immediately upon its release in March 2019, with the "reinterpretation" garnering over 7.5 million viewers to date across two different YouTube posts and garnering praise from fans and Smith alike, who appeared in a follow-up video with Cooper in which he called the idea "brilliant".

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Cooper will work with The Wire's Chris Collins to write the script, which he will also direct and executive produce.

THR reports that the drama, which is a co-production between Smith's Westbrook Studios and original producers Universal TV, is now being shopped to streamers, with Peacock, Netflix, and HBO Max among those bidding on the potential series. Collins will serve as showrunner, while original producers Smith, legendary musician Quincy Jones, and Jennifer Lopez's longtime manager Benny Medina will return, alongside Fresh Prince creators Andy and Susan Borowitz.

Smith shot to fame after the huge success of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons until 1996 and co-starred the late James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Tatyana Ali. But if Smith is behind the series and supporting an exciting new creative voice, perhaps Bel-Air could feel as fresh as the original.

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