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Will Smith Is Working On A 'Fresh Prince Of Bel Air' Reboot

Will Smith Is Working On A 'Fresh Prince Of Bel Air' Reboot

Will Smith is reportedly working on a dramatic reboot of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, based on a viral fan-made trailer from last year.

Simply titled Bel-Air, the four-minute long trailer by fan and director Morgan Cooper, is a dark retelling of the beloved 90s sitcom which starred Smith.

Since it was posted on YouTube in March last year, it's clocked up 2.4 million views - one of which came from the 51-year-old actor, who loved it so much he wanted to turn it into a TV series.

"Morgan did a ridiculous trailer for Bel-Air," he said at the time. "Brilliant idea - the dramatic version of The Fresh Prince for the next generation."

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You can watch a snippet of the inspiration trailer below:

According to Hollywood Reporter, the Bad Boys actor has been working with Cooper on the project ever since, serving as executive producer with his company Westbrook Studios producing alongside Universal.

Andy and Susan Borowitz, the creators of the original show - which ran for 148 episodes over six seasons from 1990 to 1996 - will serve as executive producers, along original executive producers Quincy Jones and Benny Medina.

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Excitingly, Netflix, HBO Max and Peacock are currently among the platforms in a bidding war to stream the show.

Anyone else have a feeling Morgan Cooper is laughing right now?

(Credit: Morgan Cooper)
(Credit: Morgan Cooper)

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After an fight with a rival gang, Will is caught by police where he is found to be carrying a gun for protection. Saved from prison time by his well-connected Uncle Phil, his mother Vy sends him to Bel-Air to live with his aunt and uncle.

"This is a second chance, Will," his mother tells him. "Don't mess it up."

The gritty retelling shows Will struggling to acclimatise to life in the affluent town, and fit in with his distant relatives, including Carlton and Ashley.

(Credit: Morgan Cooper)
(Credit: Morgan Cooper)
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After rocky start, Will begins to get his life on the straight and narrow in his new home, winning a place on the basketball team, making friends and even finding romance.

The film stars Jerry Madison as Will Smith (originally played by Will Smith), Sherri Roulette-Mosley as Vy Smith (originally Vernee Watson), Granvile O'Neal as Uncle Phil Banks (originally James Avery), Kira Ashby as Aunt Viv Banks (originally Janet Hubert-Whitten and Daphne Maxwell Reid) and Jelani Talib as Carlton Banks (originally Alfonso Ribeiro).

Other cast includes Rufus Burns as Jazz (originally Jeffrey Townes), Sada K. as Hilary Banks (originally Karyn Parsons), Khrystal Coppage as Ashley Banks (originally Tatyana M. Ali) and Jada Paige as new character Lisa Fuller.

All the originally character such as Uncle Phil and Ashley Banks will star (Credit: Morgan Cooper)
All the originally character such as Uncle Phil and Ashley Banks will star (Credit: Morgan Cooper)
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You can watch Morgan Cooper's full film right here. This is going to be epic.

Featured Image Credit: Morgan Cooper

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