Will Smith, who played The Fresh Prince on the beloved 90’s sitcom and will serve as executive producer on the reboot, announced the news in a conversation with showrunner Chris Collins (The Wire) and director-writer Morgan Cooper, whose March 2019 viral video inspired the Bel-Air update.
In the clip, Smith is clearly shocked by the “unprecedented” deal and noted he’s never seen anything like this in his decades-long career.
The show is set in modern-day America and will be a “serialized one-hour dramatic analogue of the ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that leans into the original premise: Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air.
“With a reimagined vision, 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 nods to the original show.”
The original Fresh Prince cast — sans the late James Avery (Uncle Phil) and disgruntled actress Janet Hubert (OG Aunt Viv) — is scheduled to reunite for a 30th anniversary special on HBO Max around Thanksgiving. In the meantime, check out the trailer for the proposed series below.