Will Smith is going back to Bel-Air. That’s right, the actor is planning a reboot of the TV series that made him a star, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
According to TVLine, Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment is working on a remake of the classic ’90s sitcom, which will be updated for present-day.
A pitch is being finalized now and Overbrook will begin shopping it around in the coming weeks.
The project would be a completely new show with different characters, another source told Variety.
Smith would serve as executive producer alongside his Overbrook producing partners James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett, and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
During the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday (August 13), NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said that he’d
“be happy to talk to Will [Smith] about it.”
The original Fresh Prince ran for six seasons on NBC from 1990-1996.
The original Fresh Prince cast has enjoyed a varied fate.
- Tatyana Ali (Ashley) followed Smith into the music business before switching tack to study African-American studies at Harvard,
- Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey, the butler) played King Lear in a 2013 Shakespeare’s Globe tour.
- Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) appeared on the UK version of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here, before winning season 19 of the US version of Dancing with the Stars.
- James Avery, the actor who played Uncle Phil, died in 2013 at the age of 68 from complications during heart surgery.
The sitcom launched the rapper’s acting career and he went on to make the Men in Black and Bad Boys action franchises and become one of the highest paid leading men in Hollywood.