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.
This is brilliant pic.twitter.com/DofsE1F0SV
— alex munguia (@axel7930) 11 March 2019
this is incredible – beautifully shot, well acted, emotional even as a trailer/promo. this is the grownup remake that FP fans would love to see. well done!
— Droi Media (@DroiMedia) 10 March 2019
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— Teez ™ (@SheDrunkMyJuice) 11 March 2019
This is amazing!!! I was literally yelling out “Yoooo!” every time a new feature / character popped up… when Jazzy Jeff was on, I lost it. I need this to be Netflix and Will…
— Rodrigo Bravo (@mrbravo365) 11 March 2019
When is it coming out??? pic.twitter.com/Vr179V2JQv
— LLÖdeCusHeCool (@CapitalOde) 11 March 2019
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
Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.