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

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I'd wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I've made.
I might have had fame if I'd sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I'm standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I'm just looking backward to see
What I've done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven't built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I've done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I've loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I've lived with the birds and the trees;
I've turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I've given my time to the children who came;
together we've romped and we've played,
And I wouldn't exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I'd make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I've lived with my friends and I've shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I've squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I'm nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.

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!