Will Smith is developing a spinoff of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. News of a revival based on the popular sitcom has circulated for years. In 2015, it was reported that Smith would be producing a reboot of the show that catapulted him into global fame. That never materialized. But the idea of taking the premise of Fresh Prince and updating it has persisted. Earlier this year, Smith expressed his approval for a fan trailer which imagined Fresh Prince as a drama. Now, the actor is developing a follow-up to the memorable comedy.
The original series debuted in 1990 and it aired for six seasons on NBC. The show revolved around Smith’s character as he moved from West Philadelphia to Bel Air, Los Angeles in order to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in very lavish surroundings. The dichotomy between the two settings provided a lot of humor, but the show was never afraid to show emotion and is often remembered as much for its dramatic moments as its more lighthearted fare. The show is also discussed fondly for its indelible theme song, which Smith performed, and for supporting characters like Carlton Banks and Aunt Vivian. The show has remained a hit, thanks to streaming and syndication. And it seems to be only the latest television show to receive an updated treatment.
According to THR, Smith is in the process of developing a Fresh Prince spinoff. Smith is set to work on the project as a part of Westbrook Inc. Launched in July, Westbrook is a cross-platform holding company that the actor oversees with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Westbrook is also producing films that Smith will headline, but the spinoff of Fresh Prince is likely to be the company’s most-anticipated endeavor.
The spinoff of Fresh Prince is likely to be one of the most anticipated spinoffs, in general, if it makes it to air. Reboots like Hogan’s Heroes have been announced, which seem only barely connected to the original. On the other hand, Fresh Prince has always been a show that would naturally lend itself to a reboot or at least a revisit. Beyond its humor, the sitcom revolved around the kind of subjects that never fall out of relevance.
Currently starring in Ang Lee’s Gemini Man, Smith remains one of the most universally famous celebrities in Hollywood. He certainly doesn’t have to revive the old show he used to work on. But a spinoff or a reimagining of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has been of interest to its lead, as well as legions of fans. It looks to be finally happening.