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.