Morgan Cooper’s dramatic rendition of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” became an hour-long series for Peacock, executive produced by Will Smith.
With ’90s cultural nostalgia flaring, the potential for a “Fresh Prince” reboot isn’t a matter of if but when. However, in this endless age of TV reboots, remakes, and long-awaited sequels, not many projects have completely changed the tone of the original. That unique shift, backed by some beloved intellectual property, will drive “Bel-Air“To get some early eyeballs — even if they have raised eyebrows. Based on a viral trailer that reimagines the iconic ’90s sitcom as if it were an edgy contemporary drama, “Bel-Air” tells the story of a charismatic boy from West Philadelphia fell to the upper echelons of Los Angeles and made money on shares.
The all-new trailer below teases some surprising cast choices for familiar characters (Carlton is still short, but much more frugal), and it certainly sparks curiosity.
Here is the official synopsis: “Set in present-day America, PeacockNew hour-long drama ‘Bel-Air’ imagines beloved sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ through a dramatic, new twist on Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the controlled mansions of Bel-Air. When these two worlds collide, Will accounts for the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and prejudices of a world far different from the only one he’s ever known. ‘Bel-Air’ takes a fresh and raw approach to the worlds of swagger, style and aspiration, and explores Will’s complex journey through the lens of the present. “
Released in March 2019, duration 3 and a half minutes intro video caused an inspirational online enthusiasm Will Smith to order two seasons from creator Morgan Cooper practically on the spot. (It has now been viewed more than 7 million times.) Smith posted a reaction video praising the idea, and the following year ordered the series from Cooper.
“As funny as the episodes are, there’s a whole other layer that you just can’t do. In an hour-long TV series, you can do 8-episode arcs,” Smith said at the time. “The dramatic version of these ideas means you can use an existing plot, but it won’t feel like you’re remaking an episode because the plot will be completely new from a dramatic perspective.”
“Bel-Air” will premiere on Peacock on February 13 (Super Bowl Sunday) with the first three episodes at premiere and new episodes released weekly. Check out the trailer below.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/01/bel-air-trailer-fresh-prince-drama-will-smith-1234689647/ ‘Bel-Air’ Trailer: Teen Drama ‘Fresh Prince’ Produced By Will Smith