“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the 1990-1006 NBC sitcom starring Will Smith, is about the be rebooted in a drama format. From Will Smith and Morgan Cooper, this new version is described as a dramatic take on the beloved comedy that catapulted Smith to stardom over six seasons starring as the street-smart kid who moved from West Philly to the tony Los Angeles neighborhood. With a reimagined vision, this update promises to dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases of what it means to be a Black man in America today, while still delivering the swagger and fun nods to the original show.
The “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” drama is currently being shopped to streamers and is a co-production between Smith’s Westbrook Studios and original producers Universal TV. There is already reported interest from Netflix, Peacock and HBO Max (which is where the original series is currently streaming).
Original series producers Smith, Quincy Jones and Benny Medina, as well as creators Andy and Susan Borowitz, are all set to return as exec producers. Chris Collins (“The Wire,” “Sons of Anarchy”) will serve as showrunner, exec producer and is set to co-write the script alongside Cooper.