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‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ is getting rebooted as a drama

The reboot is based off a viral trailer for a fake reboot

This photo provided by NBC shows, from left, James Avery as Philip Banks, Will Smith as William “Will” Smith, and Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks, in episode 7, “Def Poet’s Society” from the TV series, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
This photo provided by NBC shows, from left, James Avery as Philip Banks, Will Smith as William “Will” Smith, and Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks, in episode 7, “Def Poet’s Society” from the TV series, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
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“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” will reportedly receive the reboot treatment, only it will return as a drama series that offers a gritty retelling of the ’90s lighthearted sitcom.

The reboot will be loosely based off a viral YouTube trailer from Morgan Cooper, which showed a dramatized version of a fake film called “Bel Air.” The trailer hit the same notes as the show — a young black man from Philadelphia gets into a fight, moves in with his aunt and uncle in Bel Air, California — only with a modern flavor fit for a drama series.

“With a reimagined vision, ‘Bel-Air’ will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases that were impossible to fully explore in a 30-minute sitcom format, while still delivering swagger and fun nods to the original show,” according to Deadline.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that a new show has been in the works for more than a year after the trailer went viral.

And it looks like Cooper will co-write the script, direct and work as an executive producer on this new drama.

The original series producers Will Smith, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina will work on the project along with as well as creators Andy and Susan Borowitz.

The show originally ran for six seasons, airing from 1990 to 1996.

The new series is already being shopped to Netflix, Amazon, HBO Max and Apple.