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'Fresh Prince' Planning Drama Reboot Based on Viral Trailer

Mahlik Campbell

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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

More than 24 years after its final episode aired on NBC, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is preparing to make a comeback. But this time around, things will feel pretty different.

Will Smith and director Morgan Cooper are coming together for a dramatic reboot of the series inspired by Cooper's viral four-minute Bel-Air movie trailer, released in March 2019, which apparently caught Smith's attention.

Cooper, who's a massive fan of The Fresh Prince, is co-writing the script with Chris Collins (The WireSons of Anarchy) and will act as the director. As one Twitter user pointed out, the way this "insane" situation has unfolded is basically a childhood dream come true.

The reboot is expected to place a new focus on the experience of a young Black man in America, examining his relationships, racial encounters and emotional highs and lows. Yet some of the laughs and lightheartedness of the original sitcom are supposed to be captured too.

Via Warner Home Video

Reboots have been all the rage in Hollywood recently, with other classic titles like Sister, Sister, Saved By The Bell, Rugrats and more receiving reimagined plots.

Smith's Westbrook Studios and Universal will co-produce the series with help from OG producers Quincy Jones and Benny Medina, as well as co-creators Andy and Susan Borowitz.

HBO Max currently owns the streaming rights to The Fresh Prince, but NBC's Peacock and Netflix have also emerged as potential buyers. The upcoming show has been in motion for roughly the past year.