The Recent Prince of Bel-Air is getting turned upside-down as a gritty drama set to be govt produced by Will Smith, Hollywood commerce publications reported Tuesday.
The thought for a darkish modern-day “reimagining” of the smash hit 1990s sitcom that launched Smith’s performing profession got here from superfan Morgan Cooper, who shot and posted his personal four-minute trailer final yr.
Two variations of the trailer have been considered over seven million occasions and received over Smith himself, who met Cooper final yr and praised his “sensible” concept.
“Morgan did a ridiculous trailer for Bel-Air — a superb concept, the dramatic model of The Recent Prince for the following era,” Smith mentioned on his YouTube channel on the time.
In line with the Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, the mission is now in growth with Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Common TV, and being pitched to numerous streaming platforms together with Netflix.
The mission would characteristic hour-long dramatic episodes telling the story of how Smith’s character turned embroiled in a combat with Philadelphia gang members earlier than being despatched to dwell with rich family within the prosperous Los Angeles suburb of Bel-Air.
“I envision the primary season being the remainder of his junior yr — there is no worse time for a child to land in a brand new place, in the course of the varsity yr,” Cooper informed Smith final yr.
Cooper’s trailer features a younger Will’s first assembly with fashionable characters from the unique collection, together with Jazz — alias Jazzy Jeff — at a Los Angeles document retailer.
Cooper will co-write the script, direct and be credited as a co-executive producer, working alongside a number of unique members of the Recent Prince artistic workforce and showrunner Chris Collins (The Wire) in line with studies.
Smith and Cooper’s representatives didn’t instantly reply to AFP request for remark.
The Recent Prince of Bel-Air ran for six seasons from 1990-1996, changing into a world hit. It showcased the performing and comedic skills of Smith, then a younger rapper who would go on to grow to be one among Hollywood’s greatest film stars.