Will Smith announces Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot on Peacock

The streaming service has approved two full seasons of the show.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is being rebooted as a modern-day drama.


A Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot is officially happening, Will Smith has confirmed. Bel-Air is getting two seasons on new streaming service Peacock, Smith said in a YouTube video Tuesday. The reboot stemmed from a fan-made trailer showing a more realistic and dramatic version of the characters in modern times, which gained the attention of Smith in 2019. Now, it's becoming a reality.

"We have just officially closed the deal with Peacock with an unprecedented two-season order from a pitch," Smith said in the video. "What really clicked in my mind when I saw the trailer that Morgan did [was] the concepts in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reimagined as a drama. A real kid from West Philadelphia modern day, a Black family in Bel-Air, the Carlton character, a Black young Republican ... the heat that would be stirred up by these characters."

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Smith also said he wants to see the Hilary Banks character in the world of social media and Instagram, Uncle Phil as a Black judge with young Black kids coming before him and Aunt Viv reentering the workforce after raising her family.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air first aired 30 years ago, in 1990. You can watch the gritty, fan-made trailer by Sun Squared Media on YouTube.