A few weeks ago it was announced that the culture classic comedy TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would be getting rebooted with a drama themed twist thanks to a re-imagined Bel-Air trailer that hit YouTube a few years back and caught Will Smith’s eye. Now it seems like the new-old series will be making it’s “prime time” debut on the network that started it all.
After shopping the new show around for a hot minute, Will Smith took to social media to announce that the re-imaging of the series that made him a household name has indeed been picked up as an hour-long show on NBC’s Peacock streaming service and has been locked down for an “unprecedented” two seasons as opposed to one.
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Expressing his excitement to the writers and director of the re-imagined Bel-Air trailer, Morgan Cooper and executive producer Chris Collins, Will Smith let them know that “We have just officially closed the deal with Peacock with an unprecedented two-season-order from a pitch. I’ve been in this 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. So I want to say congratulations. I am hyped.”
Will dropped recent photos of the cast in celebration of the 30th anniversary with a surprise visit from “The Dark Skin Aunt Viv”, Janet Hubert after their lone well-known rivalry.
With a series debut set for 2021, the new Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is sure to have social media buzzing for better or worse (we hoping for the best) and will no doubt be one of the new year’s most highly anticipated shows.
Check out Will Smith’s post below and let us know if you’re more excited for the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion special or the new re-imagining of the Fresh Prince.
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18 months ago, a young filmmaker from Kansas City @cooperfilms uploaded a video on YouTube reimagining The @freshprince of Bel-Air for present day as a DRAMA! Everybody sent it to me. It was outstanding. I had NEVER envisioned revisiting the Banks family in this way. We knew this was special, so we called @ryokanproductions and asked him to lead the team (he wrote on The Wire) and he said YES! Months of writing, developing and pitching… and now it’s happening. “Bel-Air” got a TWO SEASON order, debuting in 2021 on @nbc’s streaming service @peacocktv. Morgan Cooper and Chris Collins, you are THE TRUTH!! 📹: @westbrook
Will Smith Announces New Drama Themed ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Has Been Picked Up For Two Seasons was originally published on hiphopwired.com