Based on Morgan Cooper's viral YouTube trailer, the update from Will Smith, Benny Medina and Quincy Jones is currently being shopped to streamers, including HBO Max, Peacock and Netflix, among others.
Will Smith and Morgan Cooper are teaming to adapt the latter's dramatic reimagining of the former's beloved NBC comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Bel-Air is described as a dramatic take on the former NBC comedy that catapulted Smith to stardom after he spent six seasons starring as the street-smart kid who moved from Philly to the upper-class neighborhood.
Here is the viral trailer they are referencing:
Here is the thing, I will never be against anyone getting paid to make a show/movie and I actually think the general concept of the show (which is based loosely off the life experience of returning producer Benny Medina) would would work very well from a drama standpoint. This trailer is also pretty damn good! The problem is, it's the fresh prince. I don't think it's crazy to say that most people associate it mostly for its humor with fantastic dramatic moments like this sprinkled in.
I'm not sure how to flip that balance with association the audience has with the property, but I am also dumb as hell and not a TV writer, so there's that. The original show is Smith, Jones and Medina's baby, so if they think it can work in this format, who the fuck are we to say no? It's also cool to hear Will's direct thoughts on it. A lot of celebs might just shoot this shit down with a copyright strike, but Smith not only loving it, but encouraging it was awesome. RIP Uncle Phil
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