Will Smith has announced his The Fresh Prince of Bel Air reboot has been ordered for two seasons

The 51-year-old star – who found fame on the 90s sitcom – pitched a dramatic retelling of the hit comedy to NBC’s streaming service, Peacocks, who have picked up the show for two full seasons.

In a YouTube video, he excitedly told fans: “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 30 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.”

Will Smith also posted photos of the cast to celebrate the milestone

In the sitcom that put on the map, Smith plays a teenager who moves from a rough neighbourhood in Philadelphia and goes to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins in upmarket Bel-Air.

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The actor captioned the post: “Today is exactly 30 YEARS since The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air debuted! So we’re doin’ something for y’all… a for real Banks Family Reunion is comin’ soon to HBO Max! RIP James.”

James Avery, the actor who played Uncle Phil in the series, was noticeably absent. He died on New Year’s Eve in 2013 due to complications from open-heart surgery. He was 65 at the time.

The original show ran from 1990 to 1996 and starred Smith playing Will, a fictionalised version of himself who moved from West Philadelphia to live with his aunt and uncle in their Bel Air mansion after getting into a street fight.

The new series has been inspired by a fan-made trailer which retells the rags-to-riches story.

Morgan Cooper released the trailer of his updated version of The Fresh Prince last year which got Smith’s attention and they came together to turn it into a serialised drama.

The new Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will be able to dive deeper into the conflicts, emotions, and biases that there wasn’t time for in the original sitcom, but will still see the main character – named Will Smith – shipped out to live with his relatives in Bel Air after getting himself into trouble at home

In the YouTube chat, Morgan said: “Bel-Air is a re-imagining. It’s a reinterpretation of this incredible story, and bringing it into modern day life in 2019.”

And Will added: “As funny as the episodes are, there was a whole other layer that you couldn’t do. In a one hour drama, you can do eight episode arcs! The dramatic version of these ideas means that you can use existing storylines, but it’s not going to seem like you’re redoing an episode, because the storyline’s gonna be brand new from the dramatic perspective.”

 

Author: BANG Showbiz