Fans were shocked when a trailer hit Youtube and reenvisioned NBC’s hit classic The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air and it even included series star Will Smith. The trailer was made by Morgan Cooper and looks like we have a reboot in the works. Cooper and Will Smith are working on the project together and the show will bring a more drama then comedIc side and Cooper will co-write the script as well as direct and Co-executive produce.
Peacock, HBO Max, and Netflix are already bidding on the rights to the new show. This would be a huge pick up for HBO Max or Peacock and Peacock is the streaming service of NBC who aired the original show, and HBO already owns the rights to the Fresh Prince series. Netflix has the most viewers so that could be the deciding factor in the war.
Smith will also serve as executive producer along with original producers Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and series creators Andy and Susan Borowitz. Chris Collins will be at the helm as showrunner and is co-writing the script with Cooper.
Smith talked about when he saw the trailer he was truly impressed and would love for the show to be more drama.
Will Smith made the comment,
“As funny as the episodes are, there was a whole other layer that you couldn’t do, like, in a one-hour drama you can do eight-episode arcs. The dramatic versions of these ideas mean that you can use existing storylines but it’s not going to seem like you’re redoing an episode because the storyline’s going to be brand new from the dramatic perspective.”
Cooper was a huge fan of the original series and talked about how he came up with the idea for this new take on the original series.
“I grew up watching the show,” Morgan said. “It’s something that ever since I was a five I remember watching it and I remember seeing what you did onscreen, so it’s always been a part of me. And so I remember driving down 71 in Kansas City and I was just thinking about the show, and I remember driving under this overpass and I would say I drove under it and when I came out I had the idea. It hit me like a ton of bricks, and I knew I had to tell that story.”