Will Smith took to YouTube minutes ago that the pitched reimagined series of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air titled Bel-Air, based on the fan film by Morgan Cooper, has landed at streaming service Peacock after a very competitive situation, as well as announcing that Peacock have given a two-season order.
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 fan film last year from Morgan Cooper, 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.
In the video, Will Smith broke the news to Morgan Cooper, as well as co-writer of the upcoming series Chris Collins, saying:
We have just officially closed the deal with Peacock with an unprecedented two-season-order from a pitch. I’ve been in this business for thirty years and that does not happen. They ordered two full seasons of Bel-Air based on the quality of the pitch and the work that you guys have done. So I want to say congratulations. I am hyped.
Bel-Air is set in modern-day America, being a serialised one-hour drama that 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 project hails from Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television, with Morgan Cooper directing and co-executive producing the series, as well as co-writing with Chris Collins, who will also serve executive producer and showrunner.