Will Smith, as well original series producer Quincy Jones, will be executive producing the reboot, which is based on the viral, fan-made trailer that was released last year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reboot will be a “dramatic take on the former NBC comedy that catapulted Smith to stardom after he spent six seasons starring as the street-smart kid who moved from Philly to the upper-class neighborhood.” 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. Smith, as well original series producer Quincy Jones, will be executive producing the reboot.
The Hollywood Reporter also noted that the reboot has beein in the works for more than a year, and that it i sbeing shopped to streaming platforms including Peacock, Netflix, and HBO.
Shortly after releasing the trailer last year, 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.”
Smith had spoken favorably of the trailer when it came out, saying: “Morgan did a ridiculous trailer for Bel-Air. Brilliant idea, the dramatic version of The Fresh Prince for the next generation.”