In a recent interview with Hollywood Reporter,Will Smith mentioned that his production company, Westbrook Media (a joint venture with his wife Jada Pickett-Smith), is currently working on a spin-off of the iconic 90s series.
They said: “In addition to producing Smith-fronted film projects Westbrook is developing a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spinoff series (he still earns hefty royalties from the 1990s NBC sitcom, now licensed to air in 193 territories).”
Westbrook CEO Kosaku Yada said: “It has definitely been a creative rebirth for Will.
“He comes to the office and loves to see the social content people are working on. It’s the closest thing to performing onstage because of the immediate feedback.”
This confirmation of a spin-off already sending fans crazy who have been pleading for more Fresh Prince since it finished back in 1996; fans that purely pay for a Netflix subscription because every episode of the series is available on the streaming service; fans that live and breathe Fresh Prince so much so that they even purchased some of the show’s recently released merch.
The Fresh Prince spin-off is only in its early stages of development, which means that we are yet to gain any information about which characters the spin-off will follow, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see either Jaden or Willow Smith take a lead role.
Personally, I love the idea of one of Carlton’s children coming to live with Will and his family – a culture-clash narrative guaranteed to be hilarious.
Why now? Because hip-hop culture is currently at that forefront of society. Just imagine how entertaining it would be to see Cardi B playing Jazz’s love interest. Or watching Travis Scott making a guest appearance on the show, flexing a pair of his recently-released Jordan 6s – the Fresh Prince would go crazy for them!
This comes after a fan-made trailer 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:
Wow, that took an unexpectedly gritty turn.
Anyway, whatever the Smith’s decide on, one thing to be expected is another instantly-classic theme tune.
Oh and a final note: if Aunt Viv is scripted to return, make it OG Aunt Viv (also known as Janet Hubert).
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Not just your average Joe, Lord Joseph William Furness – lorded by a mate for his birthday (a decision they now live to regret) – struggles to understand a world in which everyone isn’t as blunt, unemotional and sarcastic as him. His mother calls him pretentious because of his materialistic nature; whilst his father tells him that he can’t live in his own ‘dream world’ forever, but he seems to be doing pretty well so far. He plans to write for The Hook until he sees his name in shining lights – a future promised to him by his year 4 primary school teacher.