Deadline is reporting that Bel-Air, a popular fan film based on the 1990’s comedy series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is now being developed as an hour-long drama series from Morgan Cooper and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studios, which is currently being pitched to streamers and drawing strong interest in the marketplace.
The original series, which ran for six seasons between 1990 to 1996, focused on Will, a streetwise, poor young man from Philadelphia, who is sent by his mother to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins in their Bel-Air mansion. Will’s working class background ends up clashing in humorous ways with the upper class world of the Banks family.
The original series earned 2 Golden Globe nominations during its run, both for Will Smith in the Best Actor in a TV series – Comedy or Musical categories in 1993 and 1994.
The fan film last year from Morgan Cooper last year, Bel-Air, was a revisioned concept of the original series set in the modern day, that garnered a lot of attention when it was released on YouTube and other social media platforms. It received that much attention that even Will Smith had met with Cooper about the fan film/trailer to discuss his ideas/visions of what a series would entail, so the news of this being in developed a year later shouldn’t be that much of a surprise (You can see both videos of the fan film/trailer + Smith meeting Cooper below).
The reimagined series will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases that were impossible to fully explore in the originals half-an-hour sitcom format, but also still deliver some swagger and fun nods to the original series.
The repot states that the project is currently being pitched to streamers, drawing such interest with some even going as far as to giving them big commitments, including multiple straight-to-series orders, with Netflix, Peacock, HBO Max, Amazon and Apple all interested to acquiring the project.