The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot that was announced last month has been picked up for two seasons on NBCUniversal’s new streaming service.
In a report from Entertainment Weekly, the streaming service — Peacock — will be home to the forthcoming reboot, beating out HBO and Netflix. As previously reported, Will Smith, as well original Fresh Prince producer Quincy Jones, will be executive producing the reboot. Morgan Cooper, the director of the fan-made Bel-Air trailer that the reboot is based off, will co-write the script, direct and be credited as a co-executive producer.
Entertainment Weekly also provided a description of the show, which reads:
Set in modern-day America, Bel-Air is 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.
Cooper released the dramatized Bel-Air trailer last year. Shortly after its release, Cooper spoke with Okayplayer about seeing it resonate so strongly with people across the internet.
“When we first made this thing I was really confident in the art. The internet’s the internet. You never if something’s gonna catch a spark or not,” Cooper said. “I’m very excited for everything that has happened and receive it humbly. But at the end of the day I’m a black creative and representing my culture and expressing myself authentically is of the utmost importance to me.”
In related news, a Fresh Prince reunion special is airing on HBO Max September 10.
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