Will Smith is heading back to Bel-Air, with TV Line reporting that the star is developing a TV reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. There are no plans for the actor to star in the reboot, but his production company Overbrook Entertainment is in the very early stages of developing this project. The pitch is set to be finalized soon, with the production company taking it to various networks over the next few weeks.
The project reportedly puts a new spin on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, while maintaining the spirit of the original series. The show ran on NBC for six seasons, between 1990 and 1996, launching rapper Will Smith's acting career. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air centered on Will Smith's character Will Smith, whose "life got flip turned upside down" when his mother sends him from his Philadelphia home to live with his aunt and uncle in their posh Bel-Air home. The series co-starred Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton, James Avery as Uncle Phil, Karyn Parsons as Hilary, Tatyana Ali as Ashley and Joseph Marcell as the family butler, Geoffrey.
Will Smith is executive producing alongside his Overbrook partners James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett and Jada Pinkett Smith. It isn't known if the series will be a continuation, picking up several years later like Netflix's upcoming Fuller House and NBC's Coach, or a straight-up reboot with a new character from Philadelphia who moves to Bel-Air. NBC's Bob Greenblatt said at the TCA tour today that the network is not involved, but he would be "happy to talk to Will [Smith] about it."
Just five years after the show debuted, Will Smith's movie career took off, with the actor starring in back-to-back box office blockbusters Bad Boys and Independence Day. The actor is still one of the biggest box office draws in the world, and he is currently filming Suicide Squad for Warner Bros, and he will next be seen on the big screen in Concussion, arriving in theaters on Christmas Day. He also recently signed on to replace Hugh Jackman in Collateral Beauty.
The TV landscape has become inundated with reboots as of late. Along with Fuller House and NBC's Coach, Fox is debuting Minority Report this fall, while CBS has Limitless and Rush Hour arriving later this year. ABC also ordered Uncle Buck to series, and NBC is developing a Xena: Warrior Princess, and that's just to name a few. What do you think about a new version of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?