In a string of ‘90s sitcom revivals, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has reportedly just been added to the list. And it is supposedly in talks of being produced by the one person who knows the series better than anyone else—its original leading star, Will Smith.
Although Smith, 46, became an overnight household hero after the show’s success, this time around he will be returning to the hit franchise as a producer rather than an actor.
According to Smith’s production house, Overbrook, the revival of the show is still currently in its infant stages—the narrative plot and characters have yet to be developed. The reboot is said to be an updated version of the series that first aired in 1990. It is also rumored that Smith’s better half, Jada Pinkett Smith, might also be joining the team as a co-producer.
Originally, the series ran for six years through till 1996 and propelled Smith’s career as an actor. Before the show, Smith was known for being an emcee as well as half of the hip-hop pair DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince.
The original Fresh Prince series also launched the successful careers of co-stars Tatyana Ali (Ashley Banks), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks), and the late James Avery (dad Philip Banks), and revolved around the respectable Banks family’s misadventures after they welcomed the street-smart and snarky teen, Will, into their suburban California home.
Besides Fresh Prince, other ‘90s shows in line for a comeback include Full House, The X-Files, Twin Peaks, and Coach. Disney also recently started airing Girl Meets World, a spin-off of ABC’s original sitcom Boy Meets World.
Chen, J., “Will Smith Developing Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reboot: Report,” Us Weekly web site, August 13, 2015; http://goo.gl/ul5UpN.