If You Love ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ You Have To Watch This Insane Fan-Made Movie

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, TV
Published 14.03.19

If you grew up in the 90s, there’s a very high chance that The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air means an awful lot to you.

I know it does with me; I watched it religiously as a kid, laughing my arse off at Will’s misadventures with cousin Carlton. I’d even replicate Carlton’s dance in my bedroom mirror.

(The theme tune is also iconic and reminds me of my uni days when I’d recite it word for word when it came on in da’ club.)

It’s a show that was funny, real and at times very poignant – I defy you not to cry at this scene where Will’s father leaves.

Us folk born in the 90s are infamously nostaglic folk, loving nothing more than reminiscing about the food, toys and TV shows we once had. It was a magnificent decade.

People have long called for a Fresh Prince revival with the original cast, but with Uncle Phil actor James Avery sadly no longer with us, it’d be difficult to do.

However, we may have the next best thing, as a fan-made trailer has emerged showing what Fresh Prince would look like if it was made today.

Be warned though: while the sitcom was mostly light-hearted, mega-fan and director’s Morgan Cooper’s new version is much darker and dramatic.

In fact, it’s like a feature-film.

Take a peep:

Damn. Like really damn.

That was a proper, gritty drama.

This modern day version tackles a number serious social issues such as police brutality, gang crime and wealth inequity.

It starts off much like the original, with Will “shooting some b-ball outside of the school” but then he gets in trouble with the police and ends up getting shipped out to Bel-Air to stay with his family.

Director and cinematographer Morgan Cooper uploaded the video to social media saying: “Like most 90’s kids, I grew up watching Fresh Prince. Even as a kid, I always thought there was more to the story… so I decided to make this. S/O to incredible team who worked on this!”

Since landing on social media the reaction to the film has been overwhelmingly positive, with people praising the tone as well as the production value.

On a separate note, does anyone else follow Will Smith’s social media activity?

I’ve started watching his YouTube channel and the man is an absolute machine. From bungee-jumping into the Grand Canyon to skiing in the desert and forcing himself to do stand-up comedy, he’s hugely inspirational to anyone seeking new challenges.

I can’t get enough of him – looks crap in Aladdin, though.

Images via YouTube/Twitter/Morgan Cooper