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The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Is Being Rebooted As A Drama By A Writer Of The Wire

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Is Being Rebooted As A Drama By A Writer Of The Wire

Despite the fact that he's one of the most famous faces on the planet, Will Smith's singing and acting career all started with one story about how his life got flipped-turned upside down.

For people of a certain age, prepare to feel old because The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air turns 30 on September 10.

Yep, not even a handshake from Jazzy Jeff could cheer us up after that revelation.

However, with such a massive anniversary on the horizon, it's fitting that Will Smith and Morgan Cooper are teaming up on Bel-Air, a dramatic reimagining of the beloved comedy.

As described by The Hollywood Reporter, Bel-Air is 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."

As you can see in Cooper's viral reimagining of the show below, Bel-Air is a far grittier take on the original material.

For example, like the original, Will is sent to live with his Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv in Los Angeles after he gets into a fight in Philadelphia.


However, in the new version, Will is also found in possession of a gun at the time of the incident.

In terms of the other changes, Uncle Phil is a stricter figure, Carlton seems far more serious, and Will has problems fitting into his new school.

Deadline have said that: "Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases that were impossible to fully explore in a 30-minute sitcom format, while still delivering swagger and fun nods to the original show."

At present, Bel-Air is being shopped around to various streaming platforms with Peacock, Netflix and HBO Max among the potential buyers.

The producers of the original series - Will Smith, Quincy Jones, and Benny Medina - will all return in the same capacity, as well as creators Andy and Susan Borowitz.

Chris Collins (writer on The Wire, Sons of Anarchy, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum) will serve as showrunner and executive producer on Bel-Air. He will also co-write the script alongside Morgan Cooper, who created the viral reimagining of the comedy that impressed Will Smith so much that he's now moving forward with the reboot.


Aside from his writing duties, Cooper will also direct and executive produce the show.

Here's a flavour of what the reboot might have in store, if it's commissioned.

Clip via Blockbuster GLOBAL

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