LOS ANGELES – Comedy sequence The Recent Prince Of Bel-Air, which ran from 1990 to 1996, made Will Smith a star. Greater than three many years since its debut, a remake titled merely Bel-Air is trying to flip the basic sitcom right into a gritty drama.
Smith, 53, shared a trailer for the reboot on his YouTube channel. He stated: “3 years in the past, my man Morgan Cooper uploaded his fan trailer to YouTube, displaying how he envisioned the Recent Prince as a drama. Now, right here is the primary full have a look at his retelling of the story that is at all times been so near my coronary heart.”
The fan movie written and directed by Morgan Cooper, and posted in March 2019, went viral for its darkish imaginative and prescient. It has greater than 7 million views and caught the eye of Smith. He and Cooper are credited as govt producers on the brand new sequence.
The story begins in the identical approach: Will Smith, a younger boy from West Philadelphia, “will get into one little combat” and is shipped off to his aunt’s household in Los Angeles.
However whereas the unique present had a comedic tackle the tradition conflict between Will and his wealthier kin, the remake will “dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, feelings and biases of what it means to be a black man in America in the present day”, reported leisure publication Deadline.
Within the trailer, which is about to moody music and lighting, Will’s Uncle Phil is heard asking Aunt Viv: “Why (are) we working so laborious to avoid wasting a boy who would not wish to be saved?” One other character tells Will that Los Angeles “will attempt to make you overlook who you’re and the place you got here from”.
Newcomer Jabari Banks will play the Recent Prince and the sequence will debut on the Peacock streaming service in the USA on Feb 13.