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Bidding War Starts Over Drama Reboot of Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

August 11, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Remember that fan-made dramatic take on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air that was posted online last year? It’s being made into a full series and has sparked a bidding war. Deadline reports that an hourlong drama based on the iconic Will Smith-starring sitcom is being developed based on the Morgan Cooper-produced fan film by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television. The series, which Cooper will direct and co-executive produce, has been pitched to streaming services and drawn enough interest that several straight-to-series orders were given, which has sparked a bidding war from the likes of Netflix, Peacock, HBO Max, Amazon and Apple TV.

The series will be titled Bel-Air and will be a one-hour dramatic retelling of the sitcom that, per the outlet, “that leans into the original premise of Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases of what it means to be a Black man in America today, while still delivering the swagger and fun nods to the original show.”

The whole thing comes out of Cooper’s short film, which you can see below and which was a “reinterpretation” of the story for modern-day life. It has earned a total of 7.5 million views from two postings and attracted the attention of Smith himself, who told Cooper in a video that it was a “brilliant” idea. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was one of NBC’s key series and has global popularity, which would make it an enticing option for streaming services that have a global footprint.