There's about to be a new Prince of Bel-Air, and honestly, we're not mad about it!
NBC's beloved comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting the reboot treatment with a bit of a spin. The new series will be a reimagining of the classic sitcom, inspired by a viral YouTube trailer created by Fresh Prince superfan Morgan Cooper. Bel-Air is described as a dramatic take on Fresh Prince, following a street-smart kid who moves from Philly to the upper-class neighbourhood after getting in trouble with the police. Although reboots of classic shows have been rampant for years now — and our revival fatigue is very real — the Bel-Air trailer that Cooper aired in 2019 is so intriguing, I can't help but be excited about what the official series will look like. It's so good that Will Smith couldn't resist teaming up with Cooper to turn it into the real thing!
The trailer gives me Dear White People vibes with an Insecure-esque eye for wardrobe that we truly love to see. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith, Cooper, Benny Medina, and Quincy Jones are shopping the series to various streamers, including HBO Max, Peacock, and Netflix. HBO Max currently has the original Fresh Prince available for streaming, so it would make sense for the reboot to live there. But Peacock should be putting in the work to nab the series since Fresh Prince ran for six seasons on NBC. The nostalgia would be a great selling point!
Cooper will cowrite the script, direct, and be credited as a coexecutive producer with original series producers Smith, Jones, Medina, and creators Andy and Susan Borowitz, all set to return as executive producers. Chris Collins (The Wire, Crash, Sons of Anarchy) has been tapped to be showrunner, executive producer, and is set to cowrite the script with Cooper. Though work hasn't officially begun on the series, and there's no telling what will be changed once production properly starts, Bel-Air is one reboot that could actually flourish from the shadow of its predecessor.