More than 20 years after the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ended its six-season run on TV, it’s coming back — minus the laugh track and all the neon. (After all, it was the ‘90s.)
Original star Will Smith has teamed up with Morgan Cooper, who created a YouTube trailer for a dramatic version of the sitcom in 2019, along with super producers Benny Medina (who worked on the original) and Quincy Jones on a reimagining. The group is currently shopping the project to streaming services such as NBC’s Peacock, Netflix and HBO Max, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Cooper’s take on Fresh Prince, which went viral when it was first released, was much different than the one audiences remembered. The lighting was dark, the Will character was much broodier. Will’s Uncle Phil was much more intimidating than late actor James Avery portrayed him in the NBC show.
However, the fish-out-of-water story was the same: Will finds himself in trouble in his rough Philadelphia neighborhood and is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in a swanky part of Los Angeles. The creative trailer was packed with nods to the original series, including Will’s cousin Carlton dancing and an introduction to Will’s friend, Jazz.
News about Fresh Prince arrived one day after a new trailer for the 2020 take on another favorite from the decade, Saved by the Bell.
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