'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Is Reportedly Getting a Dramatic Reboot

The classic sitcom, originally starring Will Smith, is reportedly being rebooted as a drama following inspiration from a viral YouTube video.


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Though talks of a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot or continuation of some sort have persisted for years, we now have word that something is indeed deep enough in the works that it’s being shopped to potential streaming outlets.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that a dramatic reboot based on Morgan Cooper’s viral clip is "currently being shopped" to Netflix, Peacock, HBO Max, and other potential homes. The drama marks a co-production between original star Will Smith's Westbrook Studios as well as original series producers Universal TV. 

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This re-imagined take on Fresh Prince, per THR, has actually been "in the works" for more than a year and was spurred by Smith's introduction to the aforementioned viral clip. Fittingly, Cooper is attached to the project as writer, director, and co-executive producer.

Though not much else is known about the surefire hit, it's clear that those involved—also including original series producers like Quincy Jones—are aiming to capture the drama-leaning vibes of Cooper's 2019 experiment.

Back in April, Smith and other original Fresh Prince cast members paid their respects to the late James Avery, a.k.a. Uncle Phil, during a virtual reunion special:

And while the dramatic Fresh Prince doesn't yet have a confirmed home, it's hard to imagine the team behind it having any difficulty securing one. Reboots and revivals of 90s era classics, after all, remains a profitable move in 2020.

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