Remember the viral Bel-Air trailer that took the internet by storm? Over a year later, the trailer (which caught Will Smith’s attention) is now in development as a drama series from Smith and its director, Morgan Cooper. It is a Westbrook Studios and Universal TV production.
Per The Hollywood Reporter‘s exclusive report, the potential series “is described as a dramatic take on the former NBC comedy that catapulted Smith to stardom after he spent six seasons starring as the street-smart kid who moved from Philly to the upper-class neighborhood.” Cooper would co-write, direct and executive produce the series. The concept trailer was released last spring and was the subject of much fanfare. It currently has over 5 million views.
It led to a meeting between Cooper and Smith and the latter posted on his YouTube about it in another video, which received 6 million views.
The report states that Peacock, Netflix and HBO Max are currently bidding on the series. Right now, HBO Max is the streaming home for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Quincy Jones, Benny Medina and Andy & Susan Borowitz are all returning as executive producers, while Chris Collins would be the showrunner and co-write the script with Cooper.
Photo: Universal TV / Morgan Cooper