Original The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Will Smith has announced the series’ dramatic reboot, which comes from series writer and creator Morgan Cooper and co-writer/executive producer Chris Collins, has already been given a two season order from NBC’s streaming service Peacock.
Smith revealed the news to Cooper and Collins in a YouTube video, telling them “We have just officially closed the deal with Peacock with an unprecedented two-season order, from a pitch. I’ve been in the business for thirty years and that does not happen! They ordered two full seasons of Bel-Air based on the quality of the pitch and the work that you guys have done. I want to say congratulations! I am hyped!”
The reboot began as the short film Bel-Air from Cooper which he released last year as a dramatic reimagining of the classic comedy series. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith will produce the new series through their company Westbrook Studio alongside Universal Television.
Bel-Air will re-envision the classic series as serialized one-hour drama, which will take a deeper look into the conflicts, emotions, and racial biases that weren’t possible to tackle in the show’s 30-minute sitcom format. Though it will be a dark look at Will’s journey from West Philadelphia to Bel-Air, reports say the series will deliver the style and swagger of the original series.
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