As far as beloved (and timeless) TV series go, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a classic that exists in pretty untouchable territory.
Deadline reports that Fresh Prince is making a return in the form of an hourlong drama series based on Morgan Cooper’s popular fan film, which quickly went viral on YouTube, that reimagined the classic sitcom as a drama.
The project will revolve around Will, a “street-smart” kid from Philly who gets caught on the wrong path, and lands himself at his Uncle’s upper-class Bel-Air abode, to get on the straight and narrow, so to speak.
Although we have no doubt the series will pay tribute to the original series with lighter moments (and some serious swagger), Cooper’s adaptation clearly doesn’t shy away from tough subject matter and emotional storylines, providing a glimpse at what it’s like to be a Black man in America today.
The project will be brought to life by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith (whose acting career was first launched by the show in the early ’90s) under their Westbrook Studios production company and Universal Television. Cooper, the self-proclaimed Fresh Prince super-fan and writer-director who released the 4 minute Bel-Air trailer, will direct and co-executive produce the series.
Watch the trailer down below.