As we reported in 2019, a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spinoff is in the works; entertainment reporter Brandon Katz tweeted about it today. He wrote, “NBC Productions was behind the series while Warner Bros. TV distributed it domestically. So, if the spinoff does move forward, expect it to land on Peacock most likely or HBO Max potentially.”
Now People is confirming that this is true. As the outlet explains, the remake is in the works with Will Smith’s production company, and it will be a drama instead of a comedy. “The project will be an hour-long retelling of the comedy and will highlight the plight of Black men in America today.”
A Universal Television spokesperson recently talked about the upcoming project. They said, “Bel-Air is a one-hour, dramatic retelling of the beloved ’90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, that leans into the original premise of Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air.”
“With a reimagined version, Bel-Air will 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.”
Working on the project with Smith will be Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and original creators Andy and Susan Borowitz, Miguel Melendez, and Terence Carter.
Also working on the series will be director Morgan Cooper. According to People, “Last year, director and superfan Morgan Cooper went viral when he released a fake movie trailer for the beloved comedy series, which reimagines it to be set in modern-day and explores serious issues such as police brutality, gang crime and wealth inequality.”
Now that trailer will be the inspiration behind the new project.
There is no word yet on which streaming platform will host the show, but Netflix, Peacock, HBO Max, Amazon, and Apple have all shown interest.
Watch Morgan Cooper’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fake trailer below.