This Gritty Modern ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ Reboot Needs To Happen

With so many reboots of classic television shows getting a new lease on life, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many fans are hoping for a The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot as well. There’s a new fan-made trailer of an imagined remake of the popular television comedy series that has gone viral, and it's so easy to see why.

The original The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a sitcom that ran from 1990 to 1996 on the NBC network. It starred actor Will Smith as a fictionalized version of himself. However, the premise of the show was actually based on the real life story of the show’s producer, Benny Medina, who also happens to be Jennifer Lopez’s current and long-time manager. His character leaves behind his beloved mother and the city of Philadelphia for a new life with his wealthy aunt and uncle in Bel-Air. The highly-rated series became a massive worldwide hit with over 148 episodes.

According to Buzzfeed, the video begins with the show’s iconic theme song and a clip of Will (played by actor Jerry Madison) shooting some hoops in his hometown of Philadelphia. That’s where the comparisons between the original series and the trailer end. Will then gets into a heated battle with a few guys from the basketball court and is arrested for gun possession. This prompts his mother to send him to Bel-Air to be with his Uncle Phil.

Will’s life in the original series might have been full of fun dancing, hip hop songs, and goofiness, but the original series depicts a life that is a little heavier for the character. There’s a montage of scenes that show off a luxurious California lifestyle as Will adjusts to his new life with his family and a different circle of friends. The trailer’s director, Morgan Cooper, said that he decided to make a mock trailer because he always thought there was more to Will’s story in the original series.

Fans have been vocal on social media calling for this reboot trailer to become a real thing.

So far Will Smith himself has not made any comments on the fan-made trailer or whether or not he would be willing to reprise his role for a reboot of the show. But, one cast member did see the trailer and share her opinion.

The original series also starred Smith’s close pal DJ Jazzy Jeff as Jazz, Vernee Watson-Johnson (Viola), James Avery (Philip Banks), Janet Hubert-Whitten (Vivian Banks), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks) and Tatyana M. Ali (Ashley Banks).

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