A Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reboot Is in the Works
Andrew Parker - August 16, 2020

Caged Bird

By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.

If you’re like us, it seems a little exhausting that seemingly everything is getting a remake and/or reboot! We’re seeing an influx of old favorites being remade for the modern audience. And while we are super pumped to see the live-action ‘Mulan’ film and we loved the live-action ‘Aladdin’ film, we kind of wish Hollywood would slow down there with the remakes. But if there is one exception we can make, it’s for the new Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot! Honestly, we are not mad about it. Nope, not a bit. NBC’s beloved comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting remade with a new spin. The series will reimagine the classic sitcom, inspired by a viral YouTube trailer created by Fresh Prince superfan Morgan Cooper. Bel-Air is described as a dramatic take on Fresh Prince, following a street-smart kid who moves from Philadelphia to the upper-class neighborhood after getting in trouble with the police. The Bel-Air trailer that Morgan Cooper aired in 2019 is really interesting. We seriously can’t help but feel super pumped about what the series will be like. Apparently, it’s so good that Will Smith himself teamed up with Cooper to turn it into the real deal!

 

THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- Season 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks, Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith, Cooper, Benny Medina, and Quincy Jones are shopping the series to various streamers, including HBO Max, Peacock, and Netflix. HBO Max currently has the original Fresh Prince available for streaming, so it would make sense for the reboot to live there. But then again it might go to Peacock since Fresh Prince ran for six seasons on NBC. Cooper will co-write the script, direct, and be credited as a co-executive producer with original series producers Smith, Jones, Medina, and creators Andy and Susan Borowitz, all set to return as executive producers. Chris Collins (The Wire, Crash, Sons of Anarchy) has been named showrunner, executive producer, and is set to co-write the script with Cooper. Though work hasn’t officially begun on the series, we’re sitting here patiently for it!