Will Smith to lead ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ special, reboot

Fans will once again see Will Smith and the rest of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air cast in a very special reunion on HBO Max.

In celebration of the iconic show’s 30th anniversary, Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, and other cast members will reunite this fall.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s special reunion

According to the press release, via CBS News, the reunion special will be unscripted. The filming will begin on September 10, which is also the same date when the show first premiered in 1990.

The reunion special will give fans a major nostalgic feeling by looking back at the series. It will also relive the cultural impact it has had since its debut.

Of course, fans will once again see the Banks family together. Aside from Smith and Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali and Karyn Parsons will reprise their roles as Carlton and Hilary Banks.

Daphne Maxwell Reid and Joseph Marcell will also return as Smith’s aunt, Vivian Banks, and family butler, Geoffrey Butler.

DJ Jazzy Jeff, too, signed on to appear as Smith’s best friend, Jazz.

Aside from the original cast, fans are about to see a lot of surprises. Of course, it will feature music and dancing, along with special surprise guests.

Westbrook Media, the company Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, co-founded, will produce The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion. Marcus Raboy will direct the special, while Rikki Hughes will be its showrunner and executive producer. Miguel Melendez, Lukas Kaiser, and Brad Haugen will also join the project as its executive producers.

A dramatic version of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Aside from the reunion special, the ’90s sitcom will also be rebooted based on the viral dramatic trailer Morgan Cooper made last year.

According to Forbes, this reboot will be far different from the show’s original comedic theme. It will have a dramatic set-up, featuring its more serious side.

The reboot will focus on issues the six-season series touched upon before, like parenthood, relationships, sport, education, and more. It will also highlight the race and plight of being a Black man living in the U.S.

The viral YouTube post, which circulated online in March 2019, was reportedly enough to get Smith’s attention. He will be executive producing the dramatic The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, along with Cooper.

The 51-year-old actor even called the idea “brilliant,” saying the dramatic version would be for the next generation. Of course, it would still feature some of its comedic sides.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air helped build Will Smith as a global star and his other castmates. Overbrook Entertainment and Universal TV will produce the series alongside its original creators and executive producers Quincy Jones and Benny Medina.

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