Last year, Morgan Cooper put together a trailer that reimagined The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a drama. It was so good, and so viral, and so-well-liked by Will Smith himself, that now it’s being developed into a dramatic series.
It’s clear a lot of time and talent went into the dramatic trailer:
Will Smith watched it and said, “This is the first time I heard something and was like ‘Yo, that is an idea that is brilliant.‘”
Will sat down with the filmmakers and original series writer Mike Soccio to talk about “the whole other layer you couldn’t do” within the sitcom format and tone. He’s clearly excited about taking the original storylines and redoing them as hour-long dramatic pieces. Via Hollywood Reporter:
The drama series is currently being shopped to streamers and is a co-production between Smith’s Westbrook Studios and original producers Universal TV. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Peacock, Netflix and HBO Max are among the streamers who are bidding on the potential series. HBO Max is the current streaming home for the original series.Original series producers Smith, Quincy Jones and Benny Medina, as well as creators Andy and Susan Borowitz, are all set to return as exec producers. Chris Collins (The Wire, Crash, Sons of Anarchy) will serve as showrunner, exec producer and is set to co-write the script alongside Cooper.
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