The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Is Coming Back as a Drama

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Drama (!) Reboot in the Works; Will Smith Attached as EP

Previous year saw Morgan Cooper write and direct a dramatic take on the iconic '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and after going viral and drawing praise from Will Smith, the original star is partnering up with Cooper to develop it into an hourlong drama, according to Deadline.

Smith is working on the series with Morgan Cooper, who created the alternative trailer previous year. It starred Smith as a fictionalized version of himself, a teenager from West Philadelphia who is sent to move in with his wealthy uncle and aunt in their Bel Air mansion after getting into a fight in his hometown.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new series is titled Bel-Air, and is based on a four-minute short form 2019 that did the rounds online, re-imagining the sitcom in a grittier form, created by Morgan Cooper.

At the time, the actor praised the trailer as a "brilliant idea, the dramatic version of The Fresh Prince for the next generation". Smith will executive produce along with Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and original series creators Andy and Susan Borowitz. The NBC series ran for six seasons from 1990 until May 1996. Chris Collins, whose myriad credits include dramatic classics like The Wire and Sons of Anarchy, has reportedly been tapped as showrunner.

THR reports that the drama, which is a co-production between Smith's Westbrook Studios and original producers Universal TV, is now being shopped to streamers, with Peacock, Netflix, and HBO Max among those bidding on the potential series.

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